FAUX MACHISMO – ARTEMISIA
Around the early 1620’s, Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi created one of her most striking works – Judith Slaying Holofernes.
Art historians believe that Judith was a representation of Artemisia herself, and “Holofernes” a representation of her father’s colleague Agostino Tassi – who had raped his student.
“When I saw myself free, I went to the table drawer and took a knife and moved towards Agostino, saying ‘I’d like to kill you with this knife because you have dishonored me.’”
Over 400 years later, Leeds two-piece Faux Machismo tap into the vitriol Gentileschi manifested onto the canvas with the aggressive, grungy energy of “Artemisia”, released digitally from February 5th through MUZAI Records.
Despite all the progression that has taken place across 400 years, from the Suffragette movement, through to the first wave of feminism and even up to 2021 where the United States saw its first female P.O.C sworn in as Vice President, there still problem regarding equity, human rights and violence towards women.
“Artemisia” may seem simple lyrically (as singer/guitarist Maeve Munro describes the painting itself), but it’s that venom from Gentileschi’s work is channeled through biting vocals, crashing drums from Anna Ridley and contentious guitar tones.
Ahead of the February 5th release date, the band have released a re-recorded version of “Shake The Bones”, originally from the band’s self-titled EP, as both a primer ahead of “Artemisia” and as their second to last effort ahead of working towards their debut album.
Artemisia is released February 5th 2021 by MUZAI Records through all leading digital outlets.