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Wed 11/7 - JD Samson & MEN Rock The Croc

Fresh off of a month of European tour dates, JD Samson & Men will be swinging through Seattle on the local stop of their tour of the great PNW. JD was last in Seattle for a DJ gig at Nark's Pride extravaganza/gender-bending jamboree: Hey Tranny, It's Tranny. Nark recently caught up with our good friend JD to talk about the show, the tour, and a new full-length MEN album.

NARK: You clearly enjoyed yourself while performing at Hey Tranny, It's Tranny, and your performance got a great reaction from the crowd. What do you like best about performing for Seattle audiences?

JD: OMG, my trip to Seattle for Pride was absolutely incredible. I couldn't believe how alive the people seemed to be, both at Tranny and at the after-party for Butch Queen. I mean I haven't had that much fun in a long time! People are ready and stoked and I love that about Seattle's queer community. 

NARK: You and Michael are frequently joined by other spectacular performers and musicians when you tour. Is there anyone we should look forward to seeing you onstage with when you're at the Crocodile.

JD: This tour we will be working with the incredible Lorna Dune. She is a synth player who is a genius with bass grooves. She will be holding down the performance with dirty, deep, and super-heavy heart-pounding bass synth. We played with her for the first time a couple months ago, and we couldn't believe how natural and amazing it felt. We can't wait to show her off! 

NARK: Your work has a strong, activist voice. Recent causes you've championed include the arrest and conviction of several members of Pussy Riot and the unfortunate shooting of 14 yr old Malala Yousafz. As a self-described queer woman (or, if you prefer, "tattooed gender outlaw who makes 'queer electronic punk music'"), how do you feel your music helps to resolve the many political, social, and economic disparities facing today's queer youth?

JD: I'm not a politician, and, of course, not everyone has to agree with me. But for me, making art is political and I'm not going to keep my mouth shut. I realized a few years ago that I have the mic in a lot of ways, and I'm lucky to have an audience of all kinds of people. So my intentions are to raise visibility for issues that I believe could potentially be lost in the weeds of the internet, and stick up for people who deserve justice and equality. 

NARK: When can we look forward to another MEN LP?

JD: MEN is finished with our next full-length album and you will be able to hear a lot of that new record at our show in November! We are just now looking for a good way to release the record which should be out this winter/spring! We can't wait!

JD Samson & Men, with special guests Magic Mouth (Portland locals who just killed it all around the country opening for The Gossip this month) and Wish Beard (local queer power!), will be hitting the stage at The Crocodile on Wednesday, November 7 at 8pm for their all ages show. Advance tickets at $12, and can be purchased online or at The Crocodile's box office.

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