Someone Who Isn’t Me

23.08.2019 / 22.00 – 22.50 / /
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Photo: Alkis Papastathopoulos

Zack gets pushed around, then applies some mascara, puts on a mesh shirt and goes to a Someone Who Isn’t Me concert. First, he kisses the bully, then the bully’s girlfriend, who, unlike her (now ex-)boyfriend, doesn’t start foaming at the mouth – instead she dances with Zack, smiling blissfully, to the trio’s electronic rock. This »femme for femme love story« by director Alkis Papastathopoulos in the video »Gomenaki« is a gesture of empowerment for queer identities and a rejection of a hardened masculinity. The band we see onstage exists outside of the video as well. »Gomenaki« was the lead single from S.W.I.M.’s debut album »Dance With Me«, released earlier this year, with urgent questions embedded in orchestral and sometimes cinematic songs that sway between rock and pop. Sometimes louder, sometimes softer, never once compromising.

Zack gets pushed around, then applies some mascara, puts on a mesh shirt and goes to a Someone Who Isn’t Me concert. First, he kisses the bully, then the bully’s girlfriend, who, unlike her (now ex-)boyfriend, doesn’t start foaming at the mouth – instead she dances with Zack, smiling blissfully, to the trio’s electronic rock. This »femme for femme love story« by director Alkis Papastathopoulos in the video »Gomenaki« is a gesture of empowerment for queer identities and a rejection of a hardened masculinity. The band we see onstage exists outside of the video as well. »Gomenaki« was the lead single from S.W.I.M.’s debut album »Dance With Me«, released earlier this year, with urgent questions embedded in orchestral and sometimes cinematic songs that sway between rock and pop. Sometimes louder, sometimes softer, never once compromising.

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