Default Genders Is Back: “Everything Is a Lie and Everyone Is Completely Full of Shit”

It feels like forever, to me, since Stop Pretending, the EP that ex-Elite Gymnastics‘ member James Brooks released last summer, first as Dead Girlfriends, then as Default Genders, following the “crazy psychedelic feminist musical nightmare” surrounding the clumsy band name and “On Fraternity,” a song that addressed sexual violence in the second person. Since then, Brooks has deleted the Tumblr post explaining the original name by way of a Dworkin quote, as well as the one apologizing “to anyone who was upset or offended or grossed out”; you could say that’s all irrelevant to “Everything Is a Lie and Everyone Is Completely Full of Shit,” the first Default Genders song since then, but I think the baggage adds something. Brooks’ lyrics, whatever the band name, tend to be anxious and unhappy, made tenser by are-we-having-fun-yet jungle breaks and unexpected shrieks of noise—on its own, the music seems designed to induce jitters. But moving forward under this moniker, it now exists within a context of pronounced claustrophobia, criticism and failure to communicate. Seems fucked and also makes sense.

POSTED May 15, 2014 10:48AM IN MUSIC VIDEO Comments (1) TAGS: ,




  1. Timothy McKnight says:

    This dude is such a star- fucking consumerist bore. Riding his girlfriend Grimes internet “fame” into oblivion (not a pun).

    This sounds like the thousands of other “bedroom pop/chillwave” songs made by 15 year old boys who play COD all day on bandcamp. This is nothing special other than it was made by Grimes boyfriend.