What started simply as a songwriting duo with percussion-provided at first by beat-boxer Shodekeh-had grown into one of the city's more engagingly entertaining live bands. Gunwife was a rock-oriented combo, fronted by two women who wrote on the piano. They were eventually backed by a rhythm section, drummer Ryan Rodriguez and bassist Dave Polimene, adept with anything from smoky jazz vamps to dark ballads to 1950s-swinging rock 'n' roll. Where a conventional rock group might revolve around the guitar, Tiffany Defoe's saxophone came in as the rhythmic accompaniment and the occasional solo. The classically trained Anderson's piano provided the main melodic thread to songs. Warren sings with the robust verve usually found in show tunes or soul songs. The songs themselves-"Everything Is Heavy," "We'll Never Fuck," "Backwards Forwards," "Cannibalistic Surgery"-could be a little, well, dark. And, oh yeah, Warren has a penchant for wigs and costumes, and often talks her bandmates into joining her in such pageantry.