Tall Juan has floppy hair, cool tattoos, and is generally a heartthrob — in that greaser, snuff-out-your-Lucky-Strike-and-spit-on-the-ground kind of way. Even his label likens him to a "Latin Elvis." But on "Baby," the new song from his upcoming album Olden Goldies, the Queens-based rocker makes a point to root his influences in a riot grrrl/queercore spirit.
Much like the original track by Argentinian punk band She Devils, Juan’s cover of “Baby,” premiering today on The FADER, sounds out below a layer of lo-fi noise that's characteristic of D.I.Y. punk. He channels the twangy, upbeat chord progressions of fuzz-folk as he croons the hook in earnestness: "Hey baby que vas a hacer/ Quedate donde quieran que estes/ Haciendo lo que sea que quieran que hagas" (which translates roughly to "Hey baby what are you gonna do?/ Are you gonna stay where they want you to stay?/ Doing whatever they want you to do?/ We want to get away from here").
"[She Devils are] a big influence for me," Tall Juan wrote in an email to The FADER. "They fought for women's rights, LGBTQ rights, and were advocates for freedom of choice. I dedicate this song to all the people in my life who struggle and support them in their fight against this macho world."
Tall Juan's Olden Goldies is out May 5 via BUFU Records. Listen to "Baby" below.
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