It’s a tense time for Australia, and in particular the LGBTIQ+ community, as the marriage equality poll arrives in mailboxes around the country this week. You can battle through the media and public reaction by being angry, sad, frustrated or you can release a song that brings everyone together.
You can battle through the media and public reaction by being angry, sad, frustrated… or you can release a song that brings everyone together.
Firstly, what is a Platonic Carrot? Kelly Jeanious, lead singer of the group tells us the backstory:
“Jackie [Latimore – guitarist] and I have this thing where we have a list of band names and we always add to it. Sometimes we’ll play a game where we try and come up with the worst one. So, I came up with Platonic Carrot and I thought it was really bad and she did as well and never wanted to perform under it.”
As bad as they thought it was, the pair, who also play for punk-rock group BANDINTEXAS (another great name) started performing under the new moniker sporadically around Sydney.
The song, Everyone’s Gay feels like it could have been written in the heat of today, but it actually originated ten years ago. Kelly explains, “I’d never experimented with music at all before and [my girlfriend at the time] had this CASIO keyboard and it had all these really badly programmed beats on it, so I started recording them and playing one string of the guitar really badly over them.”
From early projects to jamming it with her current girlfriend, Jackie Latimore, the song has just been released with a few little changes. “I’ve kind of changed it up a little bit. I think now it’s a happy song and a little bit cheeky, but with a serious message as well. I’m sure that there are some people out there that won’t like that I’m saying ‘everyone’s gay’, but I also think that for a lot of gay or queer people all they’ve been told their whole life is that everyone’s straight, so it’s kind of being a little bit cheeky and reversing it.”
The track is a catchy little tune with the tagline, “Wanna get gay together / Wanna do forever together”, and you’ll be singing the chorus in your head all day. Platonic Carrot play Rad in Wollongong on Saturday 23 September.
Kelly is keen to pursue more songs with the band in between gigs with BANDINTEXAS, “We’re going get in the studio and do some stuff. I wanna release an EP so I can call it Don’t Fuck With Us.”
If there’s a good way to react to this current period in Australia’s history, it is with a sense of humour and creativity. Platonic Carrot will change the way you think about the orange vegetable forever.