Fresno Beehive

Meet the queer-centric body-positive grrl-gang bringing Fresno out of the underground

Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries includes Victoria Crow, Audrey Johnson, Amber Fargano, Staci McDowell and Vishinna Turner.
Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries includes Victoria Crow, Audrey Johnson, Amber Fargano, Staci McDowell and Vishinna Turner. FC&PP

Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries is on the cover of this month’s Maximum Rock and Roll, which gives them high standing in punk rock circles — something we haven’t seen around these parts maybe since Capital Punishment had the cover back in 1990.

Of course, the Puff Pastries (or FC&PP, if we’re shortening the name) has gotten plenty of press of late, for its queer-centric body-positive grrl-gang message and aesthetic along with its connections to punk icon and feminist archivist Alice Bag, who was part of the original L.A. punk scene in the late 1970s.

Bag produced the band’s self-titled LP, which got a vinyl release on Emotional Response Records on Nov. 9 and is being celebrated with a mini-tour that includes dates in San Francisco (Tuesday), Los Angeles (Thursday) and Fresno (Sunday).

Any current hype is working toward next year, when the band is looking at a possible European tour (its label distributes in the United Kingdom) and some East Coast dates.

But FC&PP also is aware of its home base.

Yes, the band has connected with a scene of artists and musicians outside of Fresno. That’s like the band’s found or chosen family, says the ukelele-playing singer Amber Fargano, taking a term from the queer community.

“Of course, I want to be accepted by the people in the place where I grew up,” she says.

More than that, the band wants to cultivate a community in which artists, especially queer artists and artists of color, are appreciated and nourished. That idea is reflected in the lineup for the LP release, which includes Bag’s band, plus Squid Ink and Numb Mouth. All are bands led by women, Fargano says; “queer women and women of color.”

“And they’re all bad ass,” she adds.

“It’s something rare and beautiful in Fresno.”

Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, Strummer’s, 833, E. Fern Ave., $10-$12, all ages. 559-485-5356, www.strummersclub.com

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