Regional band releases new single addressing gender discrimination and victimization

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Regional band releases new single in support of transgender community
Photo by: Byron Sheldrick Photography

Never ones to mince words, Guelph electro-goth trio, SLUTMOTHER, are unafraid of facing social issues head on. Their single, “WHORE”, addresses the inequality and persecution faced by those who identify as female in the LGBTQ community. With their new album slated for a 2019 release, the group sheds insight into what inspired their lead single.

Consisting of Alla Synesthesia (vocals), A. Neuf-Onze (bass) and Lady JC (synthesizers/programming/keyboards), the band is addressing the divide of slut versus mother, taking the dichotomy pressured onto women to a whole other level.

Regional band releases new single in support of transgender community
Photo by: Byron Sheldrick Photography

A band that started tinkering with sound has transcended into a powerhouse of noise with equally as powerful of a message. Their newest album Femicide is taking on women’s issues full force, covering multiple topics with an intersectional feminist approach. As A. Neuf-Onze describes their intent: “We are critiquing the discourses that frame and shame women.” Their message is intertwined with electronic, dissonant, gothic sounds, mingled with engaging percussion. Each bandmate contributes their own part and together they fuse sweet beats.

The term “femicide” is recognized as forms of violence against girls and women because they are female. As band mate Lady JC states, “Femicide is becoming more recognized, and the World Health Organization recently released a vague introduction, and we wanted to shed light on issues of femicide in our communities.” Their album addresses harrowing incidences that happened to women in Canada, which is usually left as taboo conversation. As Lady JC continues, “Without talking about it, it brings justification and normalization, and creates a climate where that is acceptable in Canada”.

Their newest single, “WHORE”, is dedicated to the memory of Chevranna Abdi, who was killed at the hands of police. Chevranna Abdi was a black, transgender woman, who was murdered February 20, 2003. Police handcuffed her then dragged her down seven flights of stairs. As A. Neuf-Onze points out, ““She would not have been treated this way if they recognized her identity. They would never treat a cisgender woman this way. Her treatment was a failure to recognize her as a feminine body.” As both Lady JC and A. Neuf-Onze agree, “We see her as a sister. She should not have been punished for failing to perform femininity in a patriarchal society.” While ignored at the time, this incident has become an emblem of police violence targeted toward transgender and black communities in Canada.

While this single has a powerful message, it doesn’t stop there. The band also addresses instances of domestic violence, Montreal shootings, and missing indigenous women in their upcoming album. Without a doubt, this release will be worth paying attention to, as it will start conversations while also diving into creative sounds that will ring their messages home.