Sunday, May 27, 2018

Velodrome and the Official Video for "His Physique" - a blend of baroque pop, art punk and a knowing wink of the eye

His Physique by Velodrome, the experimental rock project of UK based Queer DIY artist, singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist and drummer Katherine Christie Evans feels like something between proto punk, baroque pop and retro sock hop punk or maybe all of that blended together. Like Evans herself the song is multi faceted and gender bending. An artful exercise in coping and commenting on gender roles and stereotypes and more. For me the song is trippy sounding and while on the lo-fi side of things has that brewing experimentalism of early 70's punk that makes it so very interesting. Evans is the former bass player for Feminist punk witches Dream Nails, and toured Europe and the UK with them in 2017, performing alongside bands including LA outfit Cherry Glazerr, and punk-pop anarcuties, Charmpit. Recently Velodrome has performed live at venues including DIY collective space Chunk in Leeds with Esper Scout and Kermes; at Rough Trade with Dream Nails and Liines; at The Good Ship with Suggested Friends and Colour of Spring; and at Loud Women Fest 2017 with Petrol Girls and Grace Savage. 

In the official video for His Physique which Evans directs as well, she becomes different male protagonists from Sir Lancelot, to Narcissus, to a gay monk in a monastery, Buddy Holly, to Kirk Hammett of Metallica all with a sense of artful flair and a wink in her eye.
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Robb Donker


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