BLACKBOOK PREMIERE: New Video For Saint Marilyn’s Pointedly Feminist Single ‘Standard’
“The harder that I try / The less it matters / I fight for attention / Nothing is ever good enough,” laments Saint Marilyn vocalist Che Houston in their absorbing new single “Standard.” It could not be more timely, certainly, as the entertainment biz scandals that led to #MeToo had already glaringly revealed.
“The song is about the impossible expectations put on women in male dominated industries like music and film,” she explains. “The lyrics highlight the futility of meeting those standards, and encourage forging your own path in spite of them.”
Houston is clearly living by those words. As one half of the upstart Brooklyn synth-pop duo – along with Kevin Marksson – her creative ambitions have extended to taking on the directing chores for the accompanying video, which BlackBook premieres here.
“For the look and feel of this video,” Houston reveals, “I was inspired by early-aughts performance music videos like ‘Maps’ by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I wanted something simple, straight-forward, and emotional, set in a interesting location. The bar at Our Wicked Lady was a perfect backdrop because it’s a venue we love playing and a beautiful location with tons of character.”
Should you be left wanting more, Saint Marilyn’s debut EP Tangle will be out this May 18 via Really Great Gum – with a release party planned for Brooklyn’s Alphaville on the 19th. If you can’t wait that long, they’ll be performing at Elsewhere – Zone One, also in Brooklyn, on April 11.