New York based post-punk project Pageant Girls, comprised of Ivy Jaff (vocals), Megan X Thomas (bass), Alex Rochinski (drums) and Venture Bros. creator Doc Hammer (guitar), have released “Complainer” – an empowering new track written by Jaff that zooms in on the systemic bias against women in our culture and what it is like to feel burdened by your emotions. The track is accompanied by a new music video inspired by Andrzej Żuławski’s 1981 psychological horror cult film Possession – CLICK HERE to listen and HERE to watch the official video.
“I’ve always related to the subway scene in Possession. There’s something about the frantic desperation that makes complete sense to me. She’s controlled by something outside of herself and it’s making her crazy,” Jaff says of the Isabelle Adjani performance in the film.“I wrote this song as a letter to myself about how everything is going to be okay. It romanticizes and deglamorizes the troubled female archetype all at the same time. It’s somewhat of an argument with myself when the lyrics pull in these completely opposite directions.”
“Complainer” is the second single from Pageant Girls’ debut full-length, 1st, which is set for release on November 12. CLICK HERE to listen to their previously released debut single, “Fair Game.” With minor keys, thunderous guitars and near orchestral soundscapes in tow, each track captures the unique ethos of Pageant Girls, a band built around two tender misfits, Ivy and Doc, both outliers in their own way, inspired by truth, authenticity, and their love of the music they were raised on by Adam Ant, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry.
Despite these inspirations, their sound is exclusively their own. Its anthemic sincerity and emotional color-space makes Pageant Girls an uncommon and refreshing addition to the current music scene. You can see for yourself on Friday, November 12 when Pageant Girls celebrate the release of 1st at TV EYE in Queens, NY alongside Veda Rays, Isolation Society, Juliett Class.
CLICK HERE to meet the band in “A Few Things About Pageant Girls.”