In this first video piece for the LA quartet, young performance artist, musician, and videographer Peter Kalisch has created a shiny panoply of fellow underground performers, party kids, fetishists and friends, defunct technology, bondage gear, and a latex drenched mannequin. The director was inspired by the idea of a “cheap death”, the result of when consumerism is prioritized over creation, and the potential for our freedoms to also enslave us.
The action of the performers alternates between free and aggressive, comical and suffocating. Two men, stare blankly at the camera, while they feed each other green slime in a homoerotic trance. A girl tied up in hot pink rope rolls her head in a lazy kind of seduction, an androgynous youth applies lipstick forcefully, and people in various states of undress, stroke, rip apart and staple gun a plastic female form.
Hit Bargain are the progenitors of a new genre — “queencore“, the intersection of queer, queening and hardcore. They are as much a part of the LA underground, as an answer to it. Their song “Circuits That Cannot Be Cut” is a reimagining of the major motion picture, Die Hard, disguised as wry social commentary on gun and police violence. Bruce Willis is their spirit animal because he represents the sensitive everyman, called upon to be a hero–much in the way that Hit Bargain’s feminist anthems are a call to awareness for their listeners.
Hit Bargain is comprised of Mike Barron (guitar and vocals), Anton Hochheim (drums), Sean Monaghan (bass) and Nora Singh (vocals). Their collective resume includes These Are Powers, North Highlands, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
Peter Kalisch is a visual artist living in Los Angeles, CA. His work is self-described as the relationship between color and horror, attempting to blur lines and create new boundaries. Coming from an upbringing grounded in rigor and conservatism, his work often sheds light on the danger, blindness, (or fun) that may arise while experiencing first-world culture. His perceptions of the conduct he witnesses, juxtaposed with his own personal morals have allowed him to develop an artistic style that is aggressive and dogmatic, with a political edge.
July 21 – La Puente – Bridgetown DIY
July 22 – San Diego – Che Cafe * %
July 23 – Mexicali – La Buchaca %
July 24 – Tijuana – Mods Bar & Venue %
July 25 – Los Angeles – Pehrspace benefit hosted by KXLU
* with Peter Kalisch
& with Miscegenation and more, Bastidas!
[Self-released] Street Date: March 25, 2016
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Press Assets: https://www.forcefieldpr.com/press-assets/hit-bargain-press-assets-2