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"The show now is a lot more cohesive, as is our music," she says. "It flows; it moves from start to finish. It's meant to take you on a journey. When we were writing the record we were listening to a lot of Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd -- things that were very conceptual and that told a story," she explains. "A lot of albums that come out now don't have that quality to them. It was something that was very prevalent in the '70s, to present more of a conceptual element, and that's something we're doing with Sin City, and bringing that into a theatrical realm as well."

It's a tough tightrope to walk: offering a great Alice Cooper-style show with equally strong music. Even if you succeed "there's always going to be people who don't get what you do," Gen says. "So if you're true to your art, then you're always going to have critics on either side. You give them great music, and they say, 'Where's the show?' Give them a great show, and they say, 'Where's the music?' You can't win, so you have to be true to who you are."

Similar critiques have been leveled against one-time South Floridian Marilyn Manson, a performer whose roots are tangled in the Genitorturers' family tree: They've shared producers (Nik Turner and David Ogilvie); Manson's appeared onstage with the Genitorturers; and their images both owe a thing or two to the sadomasochistic lifestyle. Yet Manson is a star -- a hero to disenfranchised kids trying to freak out their parents -- and Gen is not. But she isn't bitter about his success. "I just saw their show, and I have to say it's one of the best shows I've ever seen," she says. "I've watched him progress from a little kid lighting lunchboxes on fire and pouring chocolate syrup on the girls in the front row to this absolutely phenomenal performer. No one can take that away from him. The bottom line is that he's a very great performer."

So what is it about Florida that inspires so much extreme behavior from its musicians?

"This is a place that people move to, and it's a place that does have a very transient population," Gen explains. "It shifts a lot, and there is a lot of growth here. Orlando, in particular, is a fabricated city. Disney came in and created this Truman-esque society and that breeds a certain element of discontent because it's not real."

The Genitorturers will perform Friday, April 16, at Button South, 100 W. Ansin Blvd., Hallandale, 954-454-3301. Tickets cost $12.50 in advance, $15 day of show. Showtime is 7 p.m.

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