Taken from the Earwig EP. Out 2nd June.
Quiet Boy’s ‘Supergirl’ developed from a very dark time in principal member and songwriter Gaz Tomlinson’s life. The track, taken from upcoming debut EP ‘Earwig’, works through ‘negative and positive cycles of thought’, with its slow burning tempo and acoustic lo-fi meets electro-glitch sound palette.
The song was initially an ode to Tomlinson’s partner, musician and performer Brigitte Aphrodite, and the loss of a major book of her poetry (‘throwing words into the ocean’) on a night spent on a Hastings beach. The video revisits the same stretch of beach but the track takes on a new persona as ‘Supergirl’ confronts the misunderstanding and persecution of LGBTQ individuals and their relationships.
Gaz explains, “For the visual we wanted to subvert the surface meaning of the song. Supergirls can come in any form and be different things to different people. In this case this is what the song means to band member Alex Faye Braithwaite.”
He adds, “the song, sung by a man about a woman, acts as a counterpoint to the video, where we see a woman take centre stage. The words on her body express the stigma attached to her sexuality, and the bravery involved in washing them away”
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‘Supergirl’ video was made by Red Kite Film and TV Productions