TRACK PREMIERE: OBJECT AS SUBJECT “POM POM MOVES”
Paris Hurley is a longtime performer and violinist—who’s worked with Amanda Palmer, Mirah and YACHT, among many others—and OBJECT AS SUBJECT is the self-described feminist art punk outfit who deliver an explosive combination of performance art and revved-up stripped-down punk supercharged with political power. Here and on the coming PERMISSION album, Hurley (who sings, plays violin and add an extra floor tom into the beat) is reinforced by drummer/singer/dancer Emilia Richeson (of posi aerobics outfit Pony Sweat, which also includes CJ Miller of dimber as an instructor) and a relentless rhythm section with earthquake bass by SORORITY founder and playwright/expermental theatre artist Gina Young and drums by Patty Schemel (of Hole and Upset and more) and Megan Fowler-Hurst, also of dance collective Tales Between Our Legs. (Corey Fogel, spotted recently on Julia Holter’s last LP, played drums on this recording.) Altogether, it makes for a critical mass of artistic inspiration, political righteousness, decades of experience and boundary-breaking creativity and that’s why “Pom Pom Moves” sounds so furious, wild, exciting and powerful. Explains Paris Hurley:
“I wrote this song in my late 20s. It came out as a single flood of words written down one day in the tour van with Kultur Shock, before Trump even running for office was part of our collective reality, something like 7 years into an 8 year stint of spending months at a time on the road in Europe, completely inundated by sexism and misogyny. From dudes acting as if I were about to touch an open flame anytime I got near a piece of gear—“No, no, no, no! Don’t touch that! I’ll get it! I’ve got it! It’s not safe for you. Let me show you how it’s done!”—to guys grabbing my body and handling me like property in attempts to take photos with me as I walked through a venue to endless marriage proposals from complete strangers to hyper-sexualized comments about me and my performances that ignored my role in the band as a fucking fierce musician to the seething glares of hatred from men at the market to the unrelenting assumption that I must be the girlfriend of the men I was traveling with to not feeling safe walking by myself after shows to inescapably boring and incessant talk about pussy—either getting some, having gotten some, or about how if you didn’t drink enough alcohol or lift heavy shit by yourself, you were one—I was surrounded.
One night after a show in Belgium, a guy asked to see my ‘pom pom moves.’ He felt entitled to his own private show, emboldened by the presence of a group of laughing friends surrounding me, miming the movements he wanted me to do in the air above his head, hips swinging. I think what he really wanted was to see my armpit hair up close. There was that guy at the outdoor festival in Croatia who chanted, ‘Show us your boobs!’ on repeat as I took the stage, the guy in the front row of that show in Serbia who stuck his camera up my skirt while I was on stage performing … oh, and the Bosnian border patrol officer who looked through my entire suitcase thing by thing, handling my underwear and vibrator while we were locked in a room together with his gun.
‘POM POM MOVES’ is the telling of these stories—my stories—and the transformation from fear and shame to power that came with owning and voicing them.”
OBJECT AS SUBJECT’s PERMISSION is out Fri., Aug. 17, on Lost Future and you can get it here. And OBJECT AS SUBJECT’s record release ritual (presented by This Is Who We Are Now) is on Sat., Aug. 18, at El Cid in Silver Lake—info and flyer below and get tickets here!
This Is Who We Are Now Presents:
OBJECT AS SUBJECT – Record Release Ritual
w/ White Boy Scream + Pony Sweat + Xina Xurner + DJ Lisa Orth
at El Cid
8 pm / $12 / 21+
OBJECT AS SUBJECT is an LA-based art punk band led by classical violinist turned punk singer, Paris Hurley. This feminist battle cry is a call to action fueled by raw wailing vocals, a barrage of floor toms, gritty bass riffs, and exacting choreography that shifts from explicit gestural iterations to relentless phrases of wild abandon, featuring Emilia “Pony Sweat” Richeson (dance, drums, vox), Gina Young (bass, vox // SORORITY), Patty Schemel (drums // Hole) and Megan Fowler-Hurst (dance, drums, vox // Tales Between Our Legs).
An irreverent choreographic and sonic ritual, their work is feral and unashamed, spilling from the stage with calculated bursts of irreligious rites. Their debut album, PERMISSION, is a ceremonial destruction of the myth that women exist in a scarcity-driven hierarchy and must make themselves small for the comfort of others; seen but not heard, useful without agency. Laced with hypnotic drones and lyrics tackling the catcalls of construction workers, the degradation of pussy, and the patriarchal pyramid scheme of catholicism that turns the sexuality of women into a sin, OBJECT AS SUBJECT weaves a punk incantation inviting audiences to turn inward, face yourself, free yourself, save yourself, revel in your joy, feel your sorrow, sweat out your fears, and scream your anger.
Photo Credit: Amina Cruz