Alter Boy + June Jones
ABOUT THE SHOW
Fronted by hard-of-hearing vocalist Molly Priest, and Auslan Interpreter Luke Eastman, Alter Boy boldly evoke and exercise accessibility and inclusion. They combine heartbeat-like rhythms with visual storytelling and bespoke lighting to create an otherworldly experience that is very much of this world. Hot off their World Pride Closing Party appearance, they promise something unforgettable.
Queerlectro pop band, Alter Boy, has been creating ripples of excitement in the local music scene for the past two years. Channeling the dark theatrics of Sleep Token and The Prodigy, peppered with hints of Banks and London Grammar, their indie dance-pop mashes modern R&B, dark beats and haunting vocals.
SUPPORTED BY – JUNE JONES
June Jones is a Sydney-based alt-pop singer, songwriter, producer, and shapeshifter, creating waves with her distinctive lyrics and unique voice. Her third solo album, Pop Music for Normal Women, reflected on her experience as a disabled trans woman.
They bring their captivating live performances together for MELT Festival 2023.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Alter Boy is a WA based community collective fronted by trans/hard-of-hearing vocalist, Molly Priest. “The band works between sound and silence, voice and Auslan to express music and convey storytelling,” she explains.
Indeed, an Alter Boy performance combines heartbeat-like rhythms both pounding and pulsating with visual storytelling and bespoke lighting in an otherworldly way that is very much of this world. Priest bears herself, literally. Her uniquely tattooed chest reclaims the cross as she wears, lives and breathes her art both physically and in song.
The senses themselves are enlightened, not only by the unexpected feast of sound and vision, but towards the deaf experience as it is presented to us to embrace and (potentially learn to better) understand. Priest leads with vocals that ululate on a lived, dual trans/deaf reality backed with Auslan signing that adds not only an evocative physicality to the music but opens up a world of inclusiveness to an audience who are not able to enjoy (and therefore attend) a traditional gig.
“We play with the definition and contemporary construct of music,” Priest says. And they do so with beautifully open hands that welcome the audience into the experience.
June Jones is one of the shining stars of Australia’s alt-pop scene. After self-producing three albums, she’s excited to be releasing new music with her new label, Chapter Music. June has performed with the likes of Cate Le Bon, Julien Baker and Katie Dey, played everywhere from Brunswick Music Festival to Sydney Mardi Gras, and been nominated for multiple AIR and Music VIC Awards.
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Contains strobe lighting
Contains sexual references
Auslan performance Sat 18 Nov