Ninja Sex Party - Cool Patrol Review
Written by: Jarrett Crepeau
On August 17, 2018, the comedy band Ninja Sex Party released Cool Patrol, their sixth studio album. The band follows along the lines of groups like The Lonely Island and Steel Panther by infusing comedy into song, many of which have their own music video. The premise of Ninja Sex Party is pretty simple. On vocals we have Danny Sexbang (Dan Avidan) who is a flamboyant Jewish superhero strangely obsessed with sex. He's often dressed in skin-tight blue bodysuits with a cape as well as his worn “dad shoes,” a pair of New Balances. On the other side of the band, we have a silent ninja whose favorite pastime is murder as well as playing keys in the duo. This ninja is only known as Ninja Brian (Brian Wecht). In more recent years, they have partnered with the Toronto-based synth rock band, Tupperware Remix Party (TWRP), as their backing band, playing together at live shows as well.
The band’s sound is influenced by 80’s hair metal and synth pop. Catchy songs with rather explicit lyrics, some of my personal favorites from Cool Patrol are “Heart Boner”, “GFY” and “Danny Don’t You Know”. This album also features a lot of music videos, almost one for every track. The old days of NSP, one of the overall running gags was that their videos were very low budget with cheap effects, but for the past 3 years the quality of their videos has increased immensely. Avidan attributes this on the band’s Instagram not only to an increase in budget but also to their director, Sean Barrett, and his crew. For instance, the video for Cool Patrol is in a roller rink and features a whole choreographed dance sequence on roller skates featuring popular Youtuber JackSepticEye.
The shining track on this album is definitely “Danny Don’t You Know”. It’s a song where present-day Danny goes back in time to talk to a younger version of himself, letting him know it’s okay to be a nerd and an outcast, that its ok to just be yourself and everything will fall into place. The music video only adds to the song’s strength, and it has become a fan-favorite because of young Danny being played by Stranger Things Finn Wolfhard.
Cool Patrol is a very strong release from this comedy duo. The amount of growth they have achieved in the past few years has really been amazing to watch; their Youtube channel recently passed over a million subscribers and their current tour, Tour De Force, has sold out many shows, taking them all across the country. Ever since Dan joined the popular gaming Youtube channel Game Grumps, more and more attention has come to his music. Dan and Brian put so much love and effort into every release, and this album not only sounds great but is also funny. Cool Patrol is almost like NSP’s love letter to the fans. Many are quick to write off a band like Ninja Sex Party, and it’s not hard to see why. It's hard to imagine people paying to go see a band that sings about dicks and dinosaurs fighting aliens in space with lasers. But this group means a lot to their fans. In the nearly 5 years of Game Grumps videos featuring Dan as well as Brian, fans really have connected to the group. Now, there’s a tightly-knit community that is becoming more and more common in our modern music age, and I think NSP is a perfect example of how we can connect to the artists that we love. If you’re in need of a laugh or just some easy listening, check out Cool Patrol, and all their other albums including the Under the Covers records, full of 70’s and 80’s hits covered by NSP.