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Adds Wiggpaw: "But if it's the worst show they've ever seen, they'll always remember that."
Then there was the time at Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center's annual NoiseFest when the band spent five minutes of their set squirting baby oil all over each other and wrestling. Once, while on tour with Chicago psych outfit Cave, Mr. Curious, the so-called "hype man" and one of the three Skarekrauradio vocalists, lost all of his equipment. He left his guitar in Philly and his keyboard and electronics in Baltimore.
"That was the equipment destruction tour," Curious recalls. "Someone's amp blew a fuse because water got spilled on it. It wasn't us. No one in our band drinks water."
Jokes about orgies are common, though it is often hard to tell if they are jokes or threats. ("We should start cutting holes in our costumes," says Larva, one of two new vocalists who joined the band this year, along with Xteen. "We can get in a circle. Someone can stand in the middle. We'll take turns.") For instance, there was 2010's Bitchpork, the anti-Pitchfork festival. Skarekrauradio closed out the festival, and its performance hurled the crowd into a hedonist frenzy. Some guy peed in a fan, and people in the audience picked up members of the band while they were performing. One band member got an impromptu blowjob onstage; another got his anus fingered.
At another Chicago Warning Orb shown in the film, Tron Javolta sums up the band's sound for the crowd, "Any second now we'll play some stuff. It might resemble music, it might resemble your grandma dying if she died in a violent way."
But despite these exploits, the band lives relatively normal lives alongside the Insectoids; band leader and hierophant Wiggpaw has two children and a full-time job.
"You can live an ordinary life and have a second life and be a part of Kuu," Wiggpaw says. "As long as that's where you are in the intimate moments of your life. Bodies are bodies, and people are people. You shouldn't feel inhibited with what you do with your body or your time. And you should never say sorry. We're not about killing people or anything like that. Though some of the movies might imply otherwise. Kids like gore and guts and all that."
Adds Tron Javolta: "The kids love it. As long as we corrupt the youth."
Jokes Wiggpaw: "My kids are in the car. I cracked the window. They love it in there."