14-20 May is Mental Health Awareness Week UK. It’s a great time to talk more openly about mental health as something that affects us all, just like physical health. The stigma around mental health is fading. Music is not only an amazing creative outlet, and a creator of communities; it is also a great way to discuss otherwise taboo themes.
Velodrome is an experimental rock project by DIY artist Katherine Christie Evans; a queer songwriter, guitarist, bassist and drummer. She combines her baroque vocals, layers of melody & eccentric lyrics with a lo-fi, retro aesthetic.
Velodrome’s music is inspired by a range of personal issues. Her lyrics document her experience of suffering from chronic anxiety conditions; being queer; and encountering barriers to her work that result from lack of diversity in the arts.
She is an artist and musician working at the intersections of feminism, social inequality, and mental health and queer visibility.
Velodrome’s debut single “His Physique” is released today to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. The launch event for the single will be a fundraiser for Stonewall. Held on June 19th at DIY Space for London, it will be a space for female, non-binary & LGBTQIA+ identifying people to share art, films and more, around the theme of mental health. Follow Velodrome for more details of the event!
In the meantime, check out the Youtube teaser for Velodrome’s music video:
His Physique is a psychedelic lo-fi rock song, in which Velodrome explores her fascination with “Queering” the male figure; from Renaissance paintings through to icons in pop culture.
The truly DIY music video explores some of the images that inspire the song. She deviates from gender roles and steps into the shoes of male protagonists, from Sir Lancelot, to a lovelorn gay monk in a monastery; a medieval minstrel; Buddy Holly, and Kirk Hammett from Metallica.
Pre-save “His Physique” on Spotify to be in with a chance to get a free Velodrome T-Shirt and badge:
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