Friday, November 18, 2011

First Look: Anjulie - 'Stand Behind The Music'

In perfect timing with this site's excellent interview with pop rebel Anjulie (or was it the other way around? You decide), the "Brand New Bitch" singer premiered her new single "Stand Behind The Music" along with its politically charged music video based on the "Occupy Wall Street" protests.

The clip, director by Shaun Peterson, shows Anjulie in fashionable combat gear cut with footage of the "Occupy..." movements going on throughout the world. The video doesn't shy away from controversy: much of the footage involves the violent clashes that have at times arisen between protesters and law enforcement, and images of Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann appear over the lyrics "all the frauds, all the phonies, all the fakes." A quote from John Lennon appears at the end with the message "A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."

The song is more about the music industry than anything else. Anjulie refers to "looking for a label and a little clean danger" as a teenager in New York but balked at the approach ("stranger feelin' up my body, told me I could be somebody"). Though she says "I still want to be the leader of the fuckin' free world," she sings about her new philosophy in the chorus: "Better admit/ It don't mean shit/ If you can't stand behind the music." It's a nice anthem and shows that her new direction is likely to be a multifaceted one, even if the message is hardly a new one.

Read the Vertigo Shtick Interview with Anjulie 

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