More than ever before it’s nearly impossible to separate art from artist. And if all art is inherently political, then so are all artists by nature—perhaps none more so than Sons of an Illustrious Father, the New York City artpunk trio comprised of Ezra Miller, Lilah Larson, and Josh Aubin.
“All of the things that we do are political,” Larson muses. “There’s something in particular about choosing to express things publicly. Even songs that aren’t overt are still political. I think purporting to make nonpolitical art is a political choice and a pretty irresponsible one at that.” The band’s politically stimulated modus operandi is no more apparent than on “U.S. Gay.” The raucous standout single off their new album, Deus Sex Machina: Or, Moving Slowly Beyond Nikola Tesla, is a queer rallying cry set to jagged, lurching guitar chords, bursting with fury and tenderness and rage and joy and complexity. It’s an anthem for those who have been othered by society, something which Miller says is the greatest threat to humanity today.
“When we live in a time where all bodies are truly endangered, we have to be even more sensitive to the realities of the most endangered bodies on the planet, in our communities, and in our lives. We’re clearly not in a great position as a society to endure some of the crucibles and crises that we’ve brought upon ourselves. As a band, we try to create a space that is both comforting and challenging.”
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