January 15, 2014 at 3:20 pm EDT | by Steve Charing
Trans rock band forms in Baltimore
Transexual Fetus, Baltimore, Maryland, gay news, Washington Blade

Transexual Fetus promotional image. (Image courtesy of Transexual Fetus)

A new contemporary conceptual performance art band, Transexual Fetus, consisting of artists within the trans spectrum, recently formed in Baltimore. The band, which features a combination of beat poetry, funk, psychedelic new wave and punk rock and glam metal fusion music, was conceived by Devin Cherubini, also known as Devin Hellfire.

Cherubini/Hellfire is a Baltimore-based female-to-male transgender visual artist, performance artist, political activist, poet, lyricist and writer. He has performed in a variety of bands since the 1980s and was a headliner at Club Hippo for five years sharing the same stage as performance artist Wolfgang Nomi, who is a member of the local group Charm City Boys.  Nomi, who plays percussion in Transexual Fetus, combines contemporary dance movement material with mime and outrageous costume designs inspired by the likes of Klaus Nomi, his namesake.

Baltimore born and raised Roxy Storm, a veteran musician of 35 years, is another key component of the band, playing lead guitar. Roxy Storm is a black trans woman struggling with inner city violence, poverty and oppression. “A true survivor,” says Cherubini/Hellfire. “She is a very courageous and talented woman.”

Transexual Fetus reflects “the same struggle of those musicians and artists who came before us who were gender queer and non-conformative and died too young from hard living in a world that could not accept or understand them,” says Cherubini/Hellfire.

Hellfire encourages trans people with musical talent in Maryland to join in on the fun. “Transexual Fetus is always open to working together musically on this project.” If interested, contact Devin Hellfire by visiting the Facebook page TransexualFetus.

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