Habits assault your senses with new single ‘Selfie’
Only weeks after showcasing their emotionally raw piano version of previous single ‘SHAME/DESIRE’, HABITS deliver yet another integrally aggressive assault on your senses and sensibilities with ‘Selfie’.
Their newest single has been apart of their live set since their last tour and is a highlight and true display of their power to create a conversation in the chaos of live entertainment. The hook/war cry of “I’m gunna put some lipstick on/I’m gunna take a selfie,” is chanted over their full throttle production. Rather than be a sardonic criticism of this modern life, that the faux intellectual loves to ruminate on in think pieces – Habits have broken it down in the video. The video and song serve to create a place of celebrating queer bodies, celebrating the indefinable characteristics that outline ‘queer bodies’ – one is queer because they identify as such and their bodies command respect.
‘Selfie’ focuses on the fact that taking selfies is often the height of representation for many undervalued communities. To see the expanse of diversity in this world, you cannot turn to media, but to social media. The ‘selfie’ as a tool of progress is very real, owning your identity in a world that does not wish to acknowledge you is wielding yourself as a weapon. The war cry is real, put on some lipstick, feel yourself and own your identity against the world. It is a conversation that must start with a statement.
The video itself is in black and white and set against cavernous backdrops, while dancers Minnie Taur and Raina Peterson contort themselves and intertwine with the enormity of natural locations – with waves crashing around them, they dance defiant. The track culminates with a chorus of “Check your privilege at my fist,” which is straight up statement solidifying exactly what the song, video and ethos of Habits is. They have no time for your toxic masculinity or beauty standards bullshit, and they will only gain momentum as a voice against the boring ass basic same old that has been churned out by other musicians. Nothing but progress will be settled for.
Habits will be taking ‘Selfie’ on a glorious tour, launching their upcoming Salty EP at Dark Mofo on the 22nd of June, before stopping at the Australian Centre For Moving Image on the 29th of June and finally Freda’s in Sydney on the 30th of June. These shows are sure to be high impact so remember: a habit takes 30 days to break but Habits are forever.
Photo by Anita Shao
Words by Lloyd Crackett