Christeene’s frontal assault: “There is no safe space! | Music
The staff at London restaurant Bistro have work to do before opening for service. Tables can be set, menus printed – but spread out on the grand piano, dressed in a ripped muscle vest, stiletto heels and not much else is Christeene – the punk / drag artist described as “Beyoncé on Bath Salts” whose musical work includes such a family of friendly hits like Fix My Dick, Tears from My Pussy and Butt Muscle.
“It is so to do the housework here, ”she said in her drawl from the deep south, hopping off the piano to take her place at one of the pristine white tables. “I hope ahh don’t go too much task.“
Given that Christeene spent 15 minutes smearing mud marks all over her legs and face – the perfect accompaniment to the thick green stripe across her eyes, piercing blue contact lenses, blackened tooth, and tattoos Finger – the probability of smudging is high.
Christeene likes to make her mark. The creation of Paul Soileau, who described it as a “switch blade” through which to channel his anger, it can certainly be shocking – a twisted, very sexualized, and very poor Southern Gothic vision whose shows involve dance routines. hot, over-pee on stage and butt plugs thrown over the crowd on balloons. Yet, she is also vulnerable, kind and warm, and it is this skillful balance that allows her to exhibit hypocrisy wherever she goes. In the video of his song African Mayonnaise, she can be seen slacking off the streets of Austin, Texas – dancing in grocery stores, bumping into store security and even entering the Church of Scientology, causing a stir.
But we also see a lot of people in the video who can’t help but get carried away by Christeene’s colorful choreography, from the kids to the cashiers – it’s all quite heartwarming. Is it particularly nice to have this effect on ordinary people who may not be familiar with his art?
“Are you kidding me?” She cries. “We’re probably having more of an effect on some of the lean LGBTQ crowd. Some of them are heteronormative up to the ass! They’re more straight than most straight guys I know! Getting married, having babies and homes… I shock them more than I shock people at the grocery store!
Christeene, who as you might have guessed is a real joke to hang out with, currently uses London as her base while she performs concerts across Europe. His second album, Basura, was released earlier this year. It’s a messy riot of industrial and electronic sounds that locates the breaking point where Alice Cooper, Divine, Peaches, Bauhaus, Throbbing Gristle and Fischerspooner meet. She sees her music as the perfect tool to shake up the outdated live arena.
“I give you all what you haven’t received, ”she said, her blue glasses sparkling. “It’s powerful. It’s dangerous. I like to say it’s a unsafe space, because I’m sick of that safe space stuff. There is nothing like it! There is danger everywhere. I could spit in your face or jump on you!
Or you could be hit by a floating anal plug, I suggest.
“Oh, but it’s a gift,” she said.
“For all of us! Because it draws on your childhood.
I quickly plunge back into my childhood memories. Maybe they are buried too deep, but I don’t remember any airborne sexual aid …
“But didn’t you grow up with McDonald’s and weird clowns holding balloons?” she asks, quite innocently. “This shit is internal, for all of us. People all say ‘ahhh’ when they see the balloons. And then when they see the anal plug, they get slapped with their mackerel and they have to figure out what just happened.
In addition to evil, there is politics. As befits a character conceived by anger, Christeene likes to expose intolerance between songs. And the Trump administration has served to make its targets more and more visible.
“I wonder sometimes if that son of a bitch didn’t win how many statues would have been dismantled, how much we would listen to certain groups? With Obama, we were discussing certain things and moving forward. But look what we are really dig now. He’s always been there, but these whites covered him very well.
Christeene does not claim to have the answers to the ills of society. But she sees signs of hope on the horizon. Shows such as Ru Paul’s Drag Race, she says, are important because children see traditional heteronormative structures being challenged. “And because of that the Lord is going to make some weird people who are going to have the courage to fuck their cocks, fuck the standards and fight this shit.” Still, she has reservations about the competitive angle of Drag Race: “I don’t like every drag show to be a competition. I think it can be harmful for queens who are vulnerable and maybe afraid to go out and show what’s in them.
Instead of competing, we should all collaborate, she said. This is what she does more and more through her music and her fantastic videos. And that’s the only way she believes we can build true artistic resistance to the growing horrors of the world.
“It’s time to step out of your fucking ego throne and start spreading your legs for other creative people,” she says, as a final rallying cry. “Because we all have to build this tank together. Then we can start squeezing all of that shit with lube and let these people slip out of our lives. “