Q’s Sylvia Patterson heads out on the road with Warpaint in our new issue – Q335 out now – and band have a few words for today’s pop icons.
Speaking as they toured the US, the West Coast four-piece consider the ‘hyper-sexualisation’ of mainstream music and the way some female singers have chosen to portray themselves.
“She [Rihanna] has an insane voice, she could’ve done something so much more subtle and artful,” suggests the Warpaint’s Theresa Wayman, who also was dismayed by Beyonce’s recent adoption of twerking.
“It just gets worse,” she adds. “Every song on Beyonce’s last album has her basically looking like a slut and she does not need to do that. She’s gorgeous and so fucking talented. And they all take it as women’s liberation!”
Yassss, reinforce those ingrained societal gender rules, Warpaint! And it never fails that the black female artists are the first to be criticized.