American Queers

by SuperKnova

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John Bogeman This is absolutely on my top 10 for 2019. This album has so much soul and emotion. It's an amazingly good record. Favorite track: Glitter and Blood.
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Alyss Mia Black This is not the type of music that would make its way into my collection... let alone heavy rotation, so- bravo, Miz Thang!!! I honestly haven't paid attention much to song titles, I just put this on and let go. I'm enjoying the track American Queers- its got groove and soul, its well written... it makes a statement that I can ID with.This music is at once anthemic and sexy. And the artist is Hot AF...
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CV holy gumballs, that guitar! Favorite track: Shot and A Pill.
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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% self 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 can be incredibly powerful. 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

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released July 29, 2019

SuperKnova is Ellie Kim

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

Album Cover Photography: Lili Fang
Vinyl 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: Power!
I’m on my way, this is for me
For me

I’m going to break this space
They can’t hold me
Hold me

Cause I never knew when I was right
I’ve been running all my life
It took me seven years
But now I finally found my light

With God herself right behind me
I finally found my way and I got
Power!

Power!

See me now, how far I’ve come
How much I’ve lost, and all I’ve won

I’m still alive
And so thankful I made it

Cause I have been through hell and back
With a foot upon my neck
I have shed too many tears
And now I’m never going back

Cause all the world couldn’t stop me
I am here to stay and I got
Power!

Power!

Gay Power!
Trans Power!
Butch Power!
Femme Power!
Queer Power!
It’s all ours!
It’s our world and we have
POWER!

I’m on my way, this is for me
For me

I’m going to break this space
They can’t hold me
Hold me

Cause I never knew when I was right
I’ve been running all my life
It took me seven years
But now I finally found my light

With God herself right behind me
I finally found my way and I got
Power!
Power!
Power!
Power!
Track Name: American Queers
The paint on my lips is a blood red
We’re teeming with life but we’re all dead

We write on the walls, Dance in the street
We kick our heels on the concrete

And my skirt’s too short
My wig’s too long
We don’t ever feel like we belong
We belong

American
We’re American Queers
American Queers

We hold our breath out in the street
We hold our hands in the backseat
Kiss my lips, and touch me
Teach me to learn how to be free

And my chest is bound
My ass is round
We are the lost that can never be found
Never be found

American
We’re American Queers
American Queers

American
We’re American Queers
American Queers
Track Name: Shot and A Pill
Every day is a fist fight
Feeling more and more like I don’t fit right
Faking what I know for sure, isn’t me

I feel like I’m the only one
With no one around I can become
Searching through a starless sky

An arm and a leg
For a shot and a pill
Draw up enough
Then point and kill

I’m going to move away
I’m going to change my name
Bleach all my hairs
Wash it all away

Why was I born
in this crazy place
I don’t see myself in my face
Maybe I will one day

I’m going to move away
I’m going to change my name
Bleach all my hairs
Wash it all away

Why was I born
in this crazy place
I don’t see myself in my face
Maybe I will one day
Maybe I will one day
Maybe I will one day
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
Track Name: Off My Body
I am divine
Natural
Made myself
From the earth, a woman’s work

I take what I have, make it better baby
Fix all the wrongs, make them right
Because I know myself more than anyone
From all this dark, I make light
So

Keep your laws off my body
I am heavenly
I was made this way
Keep your laws off my body

All the angels up
In heaven are boundary-less
We grow up just to be free

I love myself and my right to choose
What I do and who I go with
From the rush of my blood running through my veins
The life that spills forth from my lips
So

Keep your laws off my body
I am heavenly
I was made this way
Keep your laws off my body

Keep your laws off my body
I am heavenly
I was made this way
Keep your laws off my body

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