Queer actor Ezra Miller is giving us life once again.
After stealing the show at the Met Gala with his camp outfit, the Fantastic Beasts star has dropped an edgier rendition of Don’t Cha by Pussycat Dolls. And it’s even sexier than the original.
Ezra Miller’s band
Ezra Miller sings and plays the drums in a band called Sons Of An Illustrious Father. The band is a trio that also features Lilah Larson and Josh Aubin.
To thirds of the band identify as queer and they describe their sound as genre-queer. Their 2018 LP Deus Sex Machina: Or, Moving Slowly Beyond Nikola Tesla included a song about the Orlando Pulse shooting, U.S.Gay.
The group have released their own version of the all-female band 2005 banger. In the video for the song, the band members rip off on Nicole Scherzinger & Co.’s moves, donning black leotards.
Turning a pop song into a ‘celebration of queer’
Larson explains that they had the idea for this cover while at a queer party in Nashville, Tennessee.
‘It was clearly the best thing happening in town that night and was therefore being infiltrated by ostensibly hetero couples, who were sort of uncomfortably ogling the frolicking queers – including us – in a way that belied their envy and lust,’ she said to magazine AnotherMan.
‘The original song came on and Ezra and I in a typical moment of psychic connection looked at each other and agreed that the track, sung from our perspective, would perfectly encapsulate this common experience.’
She further explained that the original track feels problematic today. She described it as a ‘very destructive, dated, distinctly heterosexual male perspective on women and discourses of desire’.
‘Gross in a way that was kinda hot’
‘This grating and harsh aspect of the cover’s composition was another idea we had somehow agreed upon and solidified before ever even playing the song,’ Miller explains.
‘Again, to us, this all seemed like the obvious thing to do… but, like, obvious in a way that was kinda hot. But, like, hot in a way that was kinda gross. But, like, gross in a way that was kinda irresistible.’
Aubin admitted being unsure when his band members suggested they covered the Pussycat Dolls. However, he was pleased with the result of turning a ‘gross pop song’ into a ‘celebration of queer’.