Hurray for the Riff Raff are veterans in the queer music scene, releasing their sixth album this year. They are a collective based in New Orleans making bluesy folk music headed by Alynda Lee Segarra, a Puerto Rican woman from the Bronx who left home as a teenager, found herself in Louisiana and formed a band after learning how to play the banjo. Yosi, who is transgender, is the band’s fiddler, and Segarra identifies as queer.
“This video is a meditation on the acceptance of violence and discrimination against people of color, women and the LGBTQ community,”producer Joshua Shoemaker explains “We took these frustrations and paired them with classic imagery that would be recognized by most, allowing us to set a tone for the narrative. Replacing the Botticelli’s Venus with a Katey Red, the transgender mother of ‘sissy bounce,’ is something that speaks clearly without having to be salacious or heavy-handed.”
“I hope this song breathes power and humanity back into all people who feel targeted by violence and oppression,”Alynda wrote, “whether they exist in our old stories and songs or are marching in protest as we speak.”