One of my passions is rock music, especially outsider genres such as noise rock, psychedelic rock and garage rock, so I've added characters to the Crimestrikers
universe who play that kind of disreputable trash. The band's name is Toes Never Lie, and they're one of the Creaturian equivalents to artsy, experimental real world groups like Sonic Youth, Butthole Surfers, Pere Ubu, Flipper, and The Pop Group. They may be cute anthros and perfectly nice people, but their music is often harsh and abrasive, sometimes even frightening. They'll never be stars, but they've earned an enthusiastic following among fans of underground music, Their performances are a combination of crazed intensity and snarky, often self-deprecating humor.
The band members, left to right:
* Dayton Kitamura
. Ussuri brown bear. Vocals and guitar. Handsome, witty, confident in his bandmates' talents as well as his own. Dabbles in visual art.
* Lorinda Rosenfeld
. Mouse. Electronics, samples, keyboards. A lovably eccentric "mad scientist of sound" who specializes in mutating and manipulating noises. As unpredictable as she is kindhearted.
* Vesra Dorantes
. Jaguarundi. Vocals and guitar. Formed TNL because she and Lorinda fell in love and wanted to make music together. This contributed to the breakup of her previous band, which she feels a little guilty about (though they were on their way out anyway).
* Zira McFarren
. Golden Irish dog (half golden retriever/half Irish setter). Vocals and bass. Immigrated to Bonita Harbor from Calebernia. Grateful that TNL has helped her escape poverty and depression. Keeps a journal of band activities. Plays left-handed.
* Stuart Rydecker
. Smooth green snake. Drums and percussion. The most "normal" TNL member. A friendly goofball offstage, although like the other Toes, he goes a little crazy while performing.
The origin of the name? Vesra says, "It supposedly comes from the porn world, It means that when you see a performer during a sex scene and her toes are curling or spreading or whatever, it shows she's really enjoying the sex, not just faking it for the cameras."
Art by Jerberjer
, who has done his usual magnificent job.