I want to put you in a non-space
April 28, 2016 4:37 AM   Subscribe

There was a period of time in the early 2000s when I was only riding the bus [in Los Angeles], and there was an absolutely distinguishable network of transgender, transsexual transients on the bus. I’d see a lot of these recurring characters and many of them spoke to the old Hollywood, this flickering flame that hadn’t completely burned out ... But there was something delicate and non-threatening about them. So the ... sounds are dreamy and ethereal, the look is playful and kind of clown/harlequin/mime, but then I try to be more threatening with my facial gestures. Not like metal threatening, but more stern.
Deb Demure is "L.A.'s most glamorous freak," according to LA Weekly. As the ritualistic and symbolic body for Drab Majesty, she produces gothic, occult-tinged, retro-futuristic, shoegazing synth pop. Drab Majesty's entire sonic output to date was released as Completely Careless (2012–2015) last month [Spotify link].

Live footage
Unknown to the I (Glendale, June 2015).
Hallow (Los Angeles, March 2016).
Everything Is Sentimental (2014; location unknown).
Saint Vitus (NYC, June 2015).
The Heiress (Warsaw, April 2016).
Full live set (San Diego, October 2015).

Streaming music
Unarian Dances (EP, 2012).
Unknown to the I (cassingle, 2015).
Careless (LP, 2015).

Additional links
Drab Majesty discuss their fascination with Californian UFO cults, especially the Unarius Academy of Science.
Drab Majesty's other incarnation, drumming with Marriages, 2015 (full session).
posted by Sonny Jim (8 comments total)

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Yes.. Yes... this is my wheelhouse. Adding Drab Majesty to my rotation now! Thanks!
posted by GreatValhalla at 4:43 AM on April 28, 2016


If you can ignore the three-day stubble and the fact that she’s 6’4”, Deb just might be a woman.

This is just one of several epic fucking fails that I'd like to point out as a 6'4" stubbly trans woman. Maybe the music is good, but the articles are a garbage fire.
posted by Dysk at 4:48 AM on April 28, 2016 [6 favorites]


a professor who, at the time, was in the seventh phase of gender reassignment.

Like, what the hell is this even meant to mean?
posted by Dysk at 4:54 AM on April 28, 2016 [4 favorites]


This feels like something along the lines of a posthumunanist avant garde scene. It's reactive and provoking for sure.
posted by Annika Cicada at 6:01 AM on April 28, 2016 [1 favorite]


I was only riding the bus [in Los Angeles], and there was an absolutely distinguishable network of transgender, transsexual transients on the bus.

This new reboot of Rocky Horror Picture Show sounds awful.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:20 AM on April 28, 2016 [1 favorite]


a professor who, at the time, was in the seventh phase of gender reassignment.

Like, what the hell is this even meant to mean?



It sounds like a lyric from track 9 of a lesser-known Kate Bush album.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 6:40 AM on April 28, 2016


Wow, no. Nonbinary people and artists, it's time for a massive call-in of the nb drag community who are being ignorant shits about trans issues. And the uh, classism, which is jawdropping: "I come from a well to do family from the West Side but wasn't rich really and my aesthetic is the impoverished/houseless trans population who were too poor or homeless to shave daily or to afford cars in LA in the early 00's", are you fucking kidding me?
posted by moonlight on vermont at 6:48 AM on April 28, 2016


Like I'm sorry, but if your aesthetic is basically making fun of marginalized homeless people you saw on the bus, get the fuck out of the LA Weekly. Get the fuck out of my city. Go back to the West Side. Just, go. Ugh, ugh, ugh.
posted by moonlight on vermont at 6:49 AM on April 28, 2016 [1 favorite]


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