Star Apps: JD Samson & Men
For some, work is a chore. For JD Samson & Men, music is a labor of love. Nowhere is that more apparent than on the electronic outfit’s new, aptly titled album, “Labor.” The LP’s 13 tracks tackle heavy, highly personal topics suited for a therapy session — gender identity, relationships, the challenges of making it in today’s musical landscape — yet listeners will likely experience a post-confessional lightness, buoyed by Men’s synth-driven dance sound. I recently spoke to JD Samson about “Labor,” the tour, gender identity, ex-bandmate Kathleen Hanna, and her favorite apps.
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How would you describe a Men show to the uninitiated? A Men show is always different. Sometimes it’s dreamy, smoky, and soft. Sometimes it’s hard, punk, and quirky. But what I aspire to do is always create a different experience for the audience. The show is real life. It’s what we are feeling. It’s who we are. It’s how we move.
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Your music is both provocative and danceable. But when sociopolitical lyrics are layered atop dance music, are audiences getting the messages? I don’t really care if they are listening to the lyrics or not. Throughout the history of my wo… [Read more]
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