Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Wednesday 09 January 2019

Warrior: Brighton Bound Air Waves Explore Issues Around Being Queer In The Current Political Climate

Brooklyn-based band Air Waves' new album, Warrior, is about being a Warrior in a queer body in this political climate, lead-singer Nicole Schneit's mother being a Warrior fighting chemotherapy, and being a Warrior in relationships. 

The cover for the band's third full-length album, features an ominous, androgynous figure standing with a bicycle, wearing a gas mask adorned with a daisy.  

The image was taken on April 22nd, 1970 at the inaugural Earth Day celebration in New York City by Nicole's dad, Martin Schneit.  

Forty-seven years later, artist Em Rooney hand-painted Schneit's original black & white photo, resulting in an image that radiates with Warrior's indefatigable spirit, strength, and love

Like many queer women, Nicole Schneit is a warrior by necessity, fighting for basic rights, dignity, and acceptance.  

Such determination in the face of hardship and injustice runs in Nicole's family; her new album was inspired in part by her mom who was diagnosed with fallopian cancer last year.  

As she explains: "The doctor told her she had a fifteen to twenty percent chance, and her response was "I'm going to get this mother fucker." 

"So the title 'Warrior' and the song are about her. After chemotherapy,  surgery, and then more chemotherapy, all the cancer in her body has left and she's currently in remission. 


"I feel like most of the people in my life, including myself, are warriors and have overcome obstacles that seemed impossible to defeat."

The dignified fighter archetype referenced in the album's title is explored on each of Warrior's eleven pieces of bittersweet, empowering indie pop.  

According to Nicole the song Gay Bets, written after the 2016 election is "about being gay and being proud and open. 

"I was thinking about hate crimes spiking and the current state of the world. 

"My friend Jennifer Moore, who sings on the track, was my partner a long time ago, so I felt like I was writing a fuck you to Trump, for trying to take away queer rights, women's rights, people's rights."  

The song Tangerine was inspired by the film of the same name in which two trans women try to make ends meet as prostitutes. 

On the album's closer Blue Fire, (inspired by the Adrienne Rich poem The Will to Change) Nicole equates her post-presidential-election anxiety to a flame that grows and recedes, as she pleads for herself and listeners to remain calm.
 
Nicole declares her mission statement: 

"I want these songs to be heard by people in my queer community, but also by anyone that wants to feels strong, powerful, and included."


Air Waves' new album 'Warrior' is released on 6th April. The band preview the album at the Hope and Ruin, Brighton. on 3rd February 2019. CLICK HERE for tickets. 

by: Mike Cobley




Share    


Abigoliah Schamaun's almost figured it all out. A former yoga instructor with surprisingly squishy thighs who identifies as heteronormative disguised as a luscious lady lover, Abigoliah grew up in the conservative corn-belt of mid-West America to become an unabashedly liberal London based comic. 

Brighton-based singer-songwriter Hayley Ross is an outlier, a one-off, a self-starter and quiet disruptor who refuses to be pinned down. 

Having been described as the missing link between Joy Division and Pendulum, London-based Pumarosa are a band opening their doors of perception on to pastures new.

Brighton Gin has teamed up with Brighton based artist Hizze Fletcher to create a label to recognise the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which mark the birth of the Gay Liberation Movement (GLM). 

The Alzheimer's Society has called on MPs across the South East to support a dedicated Dementia Fund to end the 'financial punishment' faced by people living with dementia
 

Taking a break from her day job in Vermont indie folk trio Mountain Man, Molly Sarlé's new solo direction sees her making lush, widescreen folk pop with a warm West Coast feel; a direction recently revealed in new track, This Close:

In Emily Brontë's classic novel, romance and passion are accompanied by revenge, ghosts and death — it is definitely not just a love story between Cathy and Heathcliff.
Credit Tom Woollard

Two of the UK's most innovative theatre companies, Gecko and Mind the Gap, have announced a co-production called A Little Space, which will visit The Old Market in Brighton, this December.

One Eyed Jacks was Spear of Destiny's second release on the major label Epic Records. For many original fans this is the band's seminal album.

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...







Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd