In all power: pastor ‘Kitty Alice Greer is in art space
Katie Alice Greer/by artist
In terms of music and culture, the predictions for 2017 are unpredictable: idol falls, empire strikes, consensus is scarce. The dialogue is one of five artists, producers and thinkers whose work captured something unique in a turbulent year and hinted at a bigger revelation at this bend.
When music moves us, it’s often because it helps us to understand ourselves, to clarify things in our lives, and we don’t know what to say. The opposite of introspection can be just as powerful: music helps us understand something bigger than us, exposing us to a world beyond the bubble. When we find a music, it’s especially precious – and enlightening. As Washington, d.c., singer singer and a writer Katie Alice Greer (Katie Alice Greer) said, “music or any kind of art created this kind of emotional clues, can be all sorts of seemingly different issues – from very large community, before you go to bed in the evening, you have a small idea, not to tell anyone.
The emotional cue lit up the full length of the show, Nothing Feels Natural, was released in the first weeks of 2017 and was listed as the best album of the year. With funk, it’s a new wave and experimental tended to punk music, filled with a lyrics, greer said she hoped “to be able to in a small way to very large things speak”. Often, that means thinking about what life forces like nationalism, sexism and gentrification can do to us on a daily basis. As greer on single “JJ” admitted, “I think I’m a cowboy, because I smoke reds, so capitalism to strengthen yourself, persuaded us to buy that surrounds us products shape our personal identity, another singing. ”
The priest has a reputation as a political band, and greer says it has no demands and cannot be shaken. Donald Trump (Donald Trump) stand in the center of the band’s beloved hometown, was sworn in as President after a week, “Nothing Feels Natural” will not appear (” no speaking of inauguration, people can’t write anything we do). In the past single and EP, pastor specifically aimed at the consumer culture, elected officials and the whole project – greer said in the United States, her band or any band is political this question is meaningless. More important for priests, she says, is the way in which power is embedded in everything.
In a divided at the end of the year, greer and I discussed her how to turn these ideas into her lyrics, why does she think labels like “political art” get in the way of more important talk, talk about what counts as political action, art deserved place in society and as an artist you need anything.
Marisa loxso: in this very critical and intense political moment, can you tell me the experience of releasing “no nature”? I think it will affect how people accept this and talk about it with you.
Katie Alice greer: absolutely. That’s it, yes, no, we didn’t write this – but yes, we did. Because we’ve been talking about these things, and eventually we’re in a terrible place at home. We’ve been talking about that.
Have a song is more surreal and absurdity – is also very interesting for me – in our EP called “breeding”, to “Obama killed some of the things in my body, and then I for him to win” the end of this sentence. I remember people used to use that lyrical look: “what do you mean? He’s the greatest! Although he’s certainly a million times better than the current President, the Obama administration still has a lot of problems: we’re still an imperialist country that’s dropping brown bombs abroad. We also have a prison-industrial park that actually kills hundreds of thousands of people each year. You know, we’re still in this country right now.
For me, it seems to be an injury to those who write more thematic protest songs. We’re good friends with Downtown Boys, and our band’s approach to the song in terms of content is completely different. There are other bands that are trying to solve specific problems. I think a lot of times, what we want to do more is to connect the experiences we experience in our daily lives with some kind of emotion.
I think it’s very lazy to call any music “politics” instead of really expanding what you’re talking about. … I was frustrated recently because I read a new interview – it was some kids’ writing classes, so I wasn’t upset – we were having a similar conversation with them. They ended up writing, for example, “the priest will first tell you that they are not a political band.” No! No, no, no. More like: for us, everything is political. That’s what we keep repeating to people.
Do you want more specific questions about the political issues behind your music?
Yes, I hope people can be more specific. If you think it’s political, talk to me. One of the very political issues that we have adopted is that the importance of art in society is diminishing. The music industry exists, but on music you see more industries. I think you could say that about any art industry.
Can you explain what you mean – more industry than art?
Making decisions that benefit the bottom dollar is better than thinking about art. I think a healthier culture will really deeply respect the incredible important vision that artists bring to them.
I’m very excited about the new bjork “utopia”. As an artist, she said, she felt it was important to show people their vision for the future. A healthy society would prefer the kind of work that bjork contributes, rather than her celebrity or something like that. – this year, especially in this time for everyone is very panic, in a sense, may feel sad for our uncertain future, what is happening in our country. I am just seeing less and less of the various forms of art in society, and to me, it points to a culture that is developing in the direction of fascism, where freedom of expression is not encouraged. Or confused – just like people talk about hate speech, just nazis talk about their right to hate.
I recently went to the Kennedy center and saw a lot of free programs. And Kennedy, his government also has a lot of problems, in this magnificent buildings named after the President, it’s so surreal, people thought that really care about art, regard him as a government priority. This is absurd when you compare it to what the trump administration seems to think the NEA needs.
For female musicians, I often want to hear about their experiences as women – but I also want them to have the opportunity to talk about their craft in a way that is not entirely gender-specific. This feels like your band’s political role: I’m sure you’ll have to talk about it, but you might want to talk about the challenges of writing and acting.
Absolutely. We want to talk about being an artist. We want to talk about being a musician. But it is harder for people. I also feel that some people feel a little pretentious or embarrassed and hear people talk about themselves like that.
What do you mean as an artist?
Yes, absolutely. There are a lot of people like this: “you’re just one person in a band; Do not say that you are an artist, but that you are a self-important puppet. But for me, it’s just a symptom of a culture that doesn’t respect the power of art, just as a healthy culture should.
So it takes a long time to talk about sexism, racism, homophobia and phobias in society, and it’s great that we can talk now. [but] everyone likes it, “yes, and you’re a female artist!” It’s like, “we have brown hair.” This is obviously not the same thing, because misogyny is a hatred of women and it affects most of our lives. There is no widespread brown hair hatred. But you just want to make these conversations more nuanced.
Again, for writers, it’s hard to get involved when you write something more complicated. Keep the audience in difficulty. Musician: people want to complain about music is not interesting or challenging, but we don’t have a kind of culture, asked the audience to think critically, no matter what kind of art do you work for. I really want to turn us into a culture where we ask for critical thinking instead of forcing each other to do things.
The idea that this art space shrinks, and so much art seems to be driven by capitalism, has been around for a long time. I guess you might say that the pastor has been dealing with these topics before the 2016 election.
That’s right. We’ve stepped back. I think that’s because we recognize that we exist in capitalism. We recognize that the problem we’re talking about now is the product of capitalism, so we recognize that, in a way, you can’t choose not to have a personal brand. Whether you want it or not, it will stimulate you.
But there are some people who are learning the expressive language, such as “politics have a capital P”, and is acting, because they realize that it is fashionable, and it will sell. That’s not what we’re interested in.
Do you think this problem started with the government? “We’ve been talking about this for years?”
As a person, of course. Not from the band’s point of view. I think people who have been identified as capital –L liberals — I personally don’t agree with that — it’s like, “I don’t know about this country.” Yes! It’s definitely. I hope these people will have a long and rigorous view of how these privileges conceal the reality of our country for a long time, until this year, which may be part of the problem.
We’ve always insisted on not letting art feel like propaganda, but instead pushing the facts on you. For us, the importance and power of art is to give people something fascinating to find, to wrestle with, or to give up the attention to it. It should appeal to you like a magnet, instead of pointing you to your stuff like a tie, just like “it’s a reality! You should be the one you built.