Autostraddle is pleased to host the exclusive premiere the brand new video for “Juke Jack Jerk What!/Boi Yeah Boi No” from queer-as-eff Brooklyn duo PISS-OFF!
PISS-OFF! are an electronic collaboration between Brooklyn-based rapper/singer/producer/artist Anika Trujillo and keyboardist/producer/vocalist/DJ Gumball Eyeball. They formed in 2012, when as Gumball (Daniel) put it, “I was making music in Brooklyn as a glitchy electronic music nerd but wanted to do something much more visceral, visual, and fun. I put a post up on Craigslist titled ‘starting a punk rave band.. energetic crazy shit, all musicians wanted’ and Anika wrote back in the first hour with a video of her freestyling. My mouth fell open and I wrote back right away saying ‘yes, yes and yes.'” Anika had been in New York for roughly a year before that, searching for the right project — and when she saw Daniel’s post, it all fell into place.
The video takes place over the course of two of the band’s songs, and tells several different stories at once, seemingly based around a Tinder-esque dating platform and leading both bandmates on a quest for one elusive girl. As they explain, “With this new video we wanted to tell a story, but rather than tell it in one frame, we divided the video into multiple parallel characters with both reality and fantasy, like a choose-your-own-adventure novel. We are all about overstimulation, in this video we did that through plot and beautiful imagery rather than effects.”
As the bandmates seek out Carlie, the object of both of their fascination, we’re taken on a strange and beautiful journey across Brooklyn. The video was shot all in one day, with a huge crew and a ton of props, costumes, masks and makeup. The result is flashy, dynamic and undeniably queer, showcasing a wide range of sexualities and gender presentations. This choice was intentional. “First of all, binaries suck,” explains Anika. “Second, kinks are awesome and third we should all be more sex positive. The video is about our reality and our fantasy. Carlie doesn’t need us; we desire her. Only in our fantasy do we access her and even then we are her subs. My goal is to convey trans and GNC folx being celebrated, honored & thanked.”
Daniel agrees. “I’m happy that we could show as unique individuals people who are too often objectified. In contrast to my character who is obsessive and is rejected in the end, our star Carlie remains confident and powerful through the whole video.”
For more information on what happened to our fair heroes after the end of the video, check out www.pissoff.nyc/kinky-chat. Their debut album Perfect is for Amateurs is now available on Spotify and iTunes.