Addressing the double standards that women experience when it comes to the world of dating, normalising behaviour that for some reason has different implications based on your gender, encouraging strength and erasing shame – Holiday Sidewinder is clearly not afraid to examine the burning issues facing many women in the world today. However, expressing these ideas in a four minute bubblegum pop video is her true masterstroke.
Dropping a few weeks back, the clip, which was directed by Thom Kerr and conceptualised by Holiday, takes inspiration from shoots spied in 80’s Vogue Magazines. Using a crew of male models largely as props, the fierce singer is the centrepiece of the shots which offer a compelling visual reinterpretation of male and female roles within the music industry.
We were so in awe by ‘Leo’ we had to hear from the powerhouse herself – check out Holiday Sidewinder’s thoughts on the track and her forthcoming debut LP Forever or Whatever (coming soon) in our interview below:
Leo no, doubt, is about fucking and promiscuity (I hate the connotations of that word, but that’s why I wrote the song) and all the double standards that entails for women. It’s was my personal experience following a big break up. I regained and strengthened my sexual agency and that’s what this is all about. It’s a celebration and a schooling.
Music a hugely sexist and male-dominated industry and yet songs and videos are the most powerful platforms we have for influencing society emotionally and philosophically, so YES, it’s the perfect place to communicate ideas about female empowerment. If your music reflects life, then it will no doubt, subtly or not, communicate ideas that ring true to you and others in your generation; capture a zeitgeist. If those ideas are embedded in melodies and rhythms that capture people’s spirits and attention en masse -then eureka! The struggles that I can communicate (with any kind of authority or experience) are mostly to do with relationships, impoverishment and sexism, so that’s what will reveal itself in my song
I have pretty eclectic taste, have a look at my weirdo playlists. I think for this track we were probably referencing some Tom Tom Club, The Cure, Paradise Garage + Studio 54 stuff. I was listening to a lot of Salt n Pepa and The Beastie Boys.
I wanted it to be fun, cheeky and empowering (like the song) and eye-popping because – the internet. I was thinking of all the videos drenched in beautiful lady ass and tits grinding around fully clothed male artists. I wanted to continue a conversation that J.Lo, Eartha Kitt, Charlie XCX, Madonna and many others started, and flip the script. Challenge the eye.
I had saved one of Richard Avedon’s pictures from the 90s Versace campaign where Christy Turlington is clothed facing the camera and there is a nude man curled in to her side, and I thought there was something touching, classy and powerful about it. So the idea sprung from there and we just improvised on the day.
Not getting distracted or shy, not looking at their naked flaccid penises! Haha! I was just very mindful of treating them with the professionalism and care that I would hope a male artist would treat 5 nude females on set! I wanted to set the bar high!
Are you kidding? I was like a little girl in a candy store! I’d like to be all sass and bravado for you the way a man would about it, but you know what -aside from their magnificent bodies, which obviously take a lot of stamina and hard work to maintain – I have 5 new flaming hot, super sweet and supportive boyfriends now. We go hiking together. The dream! :-)
Weird, Wild and Wonderful; imagine you’re on the “It’s a Small World After All” ride at Disneyland.
The thing I take with me the most from Al Cam + Roy Molloy is a sense of liberation through humour, bravery, playfulness and recklessness. What you really hone is reading an audience and all the little tricks that excite people; timing, dynamics, where to use silence, interactions… It’s showbiz baby and we’re here to entertain you!
Alex’s crowd love the raw honesty of the lyrics, the ‘slightly’ fictional world of Al + Roy as business associates – their sharp wit, catchy choruses from Forced Witness, driving synth rhythms from Jumping The Shark and the dance moves! I’ll take a dose of those with me for sure. It’s in me now.
SHOWS SHOWS SHOWS and I’d like to just stay super productive now this first LP is finally finished. I feel confident that the honey is flowing and I just got to put it in a jar for you. I’m also finalising touches on a really exquisite and beautiful album with Nick Littlemore for his Two Leaves collaborations project too that should be out sometime.