Interview with Homosuperior | By Kayla Greet | Photo by Katherine Gaines
At just over a year old, Homosuperior out of Washington, D.C., are hitting the ground running and spreading their wings unabashedly as a transcore/queercore punk band. The group—Anderson on guitar, KC on bass, Kit on drums, and Josh on vocals—formed on New Year’s Eve of 2014 and started writing songs shortly afterwards.
The members of Homosuperior were all out by the time they started the band. As Kit says, “Starting Homosuperior wasn’t a response to being queer in a punk scene. Wanting more queer and trans representation in punk was and is definitely a driving force, though.” They exist to have fun and create their garagey, distorted version of punk, while also giving visibility to LBGTQIA people in the DIY music scene.
“Making music has always been a reactionary thing for me, so right now, I’m more concerned about the fucked up things that are happening to other trans people,” Anderson says.
As Josh puts it, “The band was more of a response to turning 30. It was a ‘now or never’ kind of realization.”
Though their main agenda is to be themselves and have fun while doing so, Kit says they had their own personal goal to “create more and stronger overlaps between D.C.’s punk and queer scenes.” And it seems to be working. Kit says that they have seen more and more queers who don’t go to punk shows coming out for their sets.
“People are amped to see a band this flagrant, I think,” KC adds.
The response has been overwhelmingly positive and, as Josh says, Homosuperior try to “encourage a community with harder queer bands and artists” in the nation’s capital.
Outside of the band, Josh has been doing a fair amount of footwork to further that encouragement. Since 2011, they’ve been hosting a dance party and alternative drag show called Gay/Bash! at the Black Cat, a punk bar and venue in D.C. “I got a lot of shit for the name at first, but people eventually understood that it’s a ‘fuck you’ to homophobes,” they clarify. It wasn’t until 2014 that Josh began dressing in drag, and the idea for Homosuperior came shortly afterwards.
KC has done their fair share of social activism as well, having made the 2011 documentary “From the Back of the Room” about feminism and punk. The documentary was made over the course of two years, as KC traveled around the U.S. and Canada to interview women in bands about their experiences being heavily involved in punk. Of the documentary’s impact, KC says, “Folks have been really great and gracious about the film, and I have grown hugely as a result of its release and distribution. It has accomplished things I never knew it would, and I believe it’s started a lot of amazing conversations and friendships, which is incredibly fulfilling for me.” It should come as no surprise that this group of like-minded and motivated people should come together and form a high-energy band like Homosuperior.
“Our only agenda is that we want people to be awesome to each other,” Josh says. Homosuperior are certainly leading by example. In the last couple of years, we have seen trans issues and characters brought to the forefront of mainstream media, so why shouldn’t it echo into the punk scene?
Kit says that promoting this visibility is, in a way, more important today than it used to be: “It would be pretty anti-punk to leave queer [and] LGBT representation to the mainstream. [Media attention] makes it even more important to speak up and tell our own stories, to make sure that Caitlyn Jenner’s whitewashed [and] wealth-washed story is not at all representative of the vast majority of trans folk’s lives.”
Homosuperior lyrically cover “typical shit, from a jaded queer perspective,” Josh says. They elaborate that infatuation, addiction, religious hypocrisy, as well as love, money, and social struggles are all common themes in their music. “And the mall, because duh,” Josh includes.
Homosuperior just finished up a small East Coast tour and hope to get a few more shows outside of D.C. under their belt soon. Their demo, aptly titled Mall Madness, is available on the group’s Bandcamp page.