* Image from the Kitchener
Read the whole interview here. As always, spare yourself some grief and don’t read the comments at the end of the Onion’s piece, hipsters are such idiots.
AVC: Obviously the band has a very queer-friendly philosophy, but do you worry at all about being pigeonholed as exclusively a queer act, especially after signing to Music With A Twist?
BD: I don’t really care. I could give a shit. I think if I were someone who takes themselves completely seriously as an artist I would, but I don’t take myself that seriously, I don’t think Gossip takes itself that seriously. You don’t pigeonhole yourself, people pigeonhole you. If the world is not at a place yet where it can just be like, “This music is gay and it’s music,” then it’s not my fault that it gets pigeonholed, it’s not the people in the band’s fault, it’s because people won’t just let music be music, people who need to put a name on something or to critique something. And I’m not saying that whole shit with, “Man, labels are labels,” because I don’t really agree with that either. It’s interesting how people always ask the band that question when they should be asking the media that question.
AVC: Right, but there’s a real cult of personality around you, and—
BD: Do I ever worry if that takes away from the band? [Laughs.] I think if anything, it really helps the band, I think it’s been really good. We didn’t start a band to be hugely popular, we never had an idea that our record would go beyond Kill Rock Stars, and before that, we never even thought we would make it onto Kill Rock Stars. It’s really interesting—and I love LCD Soundsystem and all these bands—but when you see that dickhead Isaac Brock on the cover of a magazine, nobody asks him, “Aren’t you worried that it’s taking away from the band?” I think it’s a really sexist point of view, and people only ask women that question. I would love to see someone ask James from LCD Soundsystem if he’s ever worried that Death From Above is going to take away from LCD Soundsystem. People never ask that question. It’s like they get to be geniuses or they get to be put on the pedestal because they have cocks. I think that’s one thing that bothers me about it, the sexist part of it, and that it’s just socially unjust. But it doesn’t tear us apart. I think Gossip is better than it’s ever been, and more productive than it’s ever been. But the thing that bothers me about it is that it’s a female question, like “Shouldn’t you feel guilty about all the attention that you get?” I can’t remember the last time I saw all of Modest Mouse or LCD Soundsystem on the cover of a magazine.