American Queers

by SuperKnova

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    Limited Edition American Queers Red Vinyl!
    Includes translucent print liner notes and lyric sheet.
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Power!
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American Queers
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Shot and A Pill
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Off My Body

about

American Queers is my debut album. A symbol of my confidence as an artist and as a person. Like me, the songs are complex. Loud and proud.

For this album, I wanted to channel those artists who paved the path before me. Who used their music to inspire social change. James Brown shouting “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud!”. Joan Jett powerfully strumming her guitar, not giving a damn about her “bad reputation.” People who were proud of their stigmatized identities and broke free from their oppressive stereotypes. I’m a proud Asian American, transgender woman and it’s with the spirit of those artists, that I wrote this album. Not just for people like me, but for anyone has felt confined to a role in life that they didn’t choose for themselves.

As with Splendor Dysphoria, American Queers was 100% independently produced. I wrote all the songs, produced all the music, played all the instruments/vocals, recorded, mixed and mastered every song myself. I do this partly because I love music in all its aspects. But more importantly, I want my music and my message to be completely unadulterated. Producing myself, I have complete control. No one can tell me what to say or not say. I write about what I want and I make it sound exactly the way I want. In an industry traditionally plagued by racist, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, imperialist, fatphobic gatekeepers, I embrace the DIY culture. I make my own path and I create my own success. Of course, collaboration with like-minded artists is a powerful tool. However, for this album, I wanted to make a statement of my independence and my abilities.

Finally, American Queers is a celebration. A celebration of the beautiful spectrum of life experience and identity that is unique to all of us. A celebration of all of you who have supported queer, independent or DIY music. Those who have shared space with me physically, digitally or emotionally. I appreciate you all so much and I could not have done any of this without you. Please enjoy these songs as my tribute to inspiring artists past, present and future and, most importantly, to you. Thank you

- SuperKnova

credits

releases July 29, 2019

SuperKnova is Ellie Kim

All songs are written, produced, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ellie Kim

Album Photography: Lili Fang
Album Layout and Design: Joslyn Vosta
Album Cover Makeup Artist: Leatrice Lloyd
Album Cover Stylist: Michaela Quan

Vinyl release by Midwest Action and Worry Records

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SuperKnova Chicago, Illinois

Transgender
She/Her

Queer Pop

"In an age where music — and the musicians creating it — is increasingly insubstantial, SuperKnova, the recent musical project of multi-instrumentalist Ellie Kim, is like a breath of fresh air." 

— Chicago Tribune
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Track Name: Glitter and Blood
I’m so tired of everyone
Shooting their words and pointing their guns
I want to paint on every wall
with Glitter and Blood
and Glitter and Blood and Glitter and—

Hey!
Whoa-Oh
Hey!

I don’t care what day it is
What week of the month or month of the year
I flash and bang in silver tones
In oceany blues and yellowy hues
You never seen

Hey!
Whoa-Oh
Hey!

Glitter and blood run through the vein
I kill all my demons every day
Cause I’ll ride this train with or without you
Like a shooting star, far away
Cause this world is gonna change

I don’t care what you become
I’m gonna live my life and have my fun
Before the house goes up in flames
I’m gonna burn like the sun, get ready and run
And ready and—

Hey!
Whoa-Oh
Hey!

Glitter and blood run through the vein
I kill all my demons every day
Cause I’ll ride this train with or without you
Like a shooting star, far away
Cause this world is gonna change
Track Name: Serotonin Serenade
Hold me, I’m broken
I’m just floating, along
Baby, I’m just floating along

I don’t know what I feel
There’s nobody out here
Just me and my fears

I’ve fallen out of sight lately
And I’m feeling so lonely
I’m falling down and out my baby
False start again
How did I ever even get here?
Was I ever even real at all
I’ve given everything I have, yea
To float on again

I stay up all night
Shake until the daylight
Cause nothing feels right

I’ve fallen out of sight lately
And I’m feeling so lonely
I’m falling down and out my baby
False start again
How did I ever even get here?
Was I ever even real at all
I’ve given everything I have, yea
To float on again
Track Name: Genderfluid Jubilee
I’ll never be what you had in your thoughts
Let’s get this one thing straight, Baby I’m not

If you can’t abide, well that’s ok
Cause I’m gonna live on
Anyways

Anyways
Anyways
Anyways
Anyways

I’m a genderfluid, glorious jubilee
I dress myself, a little differently
And I don’t care whatever body you’re born
Wear your horns
Live on, anyways

Anyways
Anyways
Anyways
Anyways

Cause I’m gonna be whatever I want to be
And I don’t need you
I’ve got this one, old life to lead
And I won’t get caught up in your misery

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