- 14 Sep 17
L.A. based rock trio The Secret Things are set to release a new music video & perform a concert benefiting LGBTQ non-profits ‘It Gets Better Project’, ‘TransLatina Coalition’, and ‘TeenLine’
Endorsed by leading the LGBTQ Youth advocacy organisation ‘It Gets Better Project’, The Secret Things (Cynthia Catania, Steve Giles & Dan Nelles) have shared their 'Down by the Water' music video & announced a benefit concert at the Hotel Café in Hollywood on Friday Sept. 15th at 9pm. All door sales go towards non-profits ‘It Gets Better’, ‘TransLatina Coalition’, and ‘TeenLine’. Prints donated from renowned artist Shepard Fairey (OBEY) will be auctioned off along with gift certificates for gender-neutral shoe line Nik Kacy.
The music video for TST’s PJ Harvey cover of 'Down by the Water' is directed by Sue Ann Pien, wife of TST’s lead singer Cynthia Catania (also a member of US-American group Saucy Monky), and touches on some of the experiences LGBTQ youth go through on their journeys to find acceptance. Pien has spoken about these issues in TIME, ELLE & People Magazine.
"After learning the original song was about filicide, my ideas for updating that theme to bring awareness to transgendered people's journeys felt mystically right," says Pien. "The majority of the trans population have had unspeakably hard lives we can only begin to peek into. They require more of our acceptance, love, and care than ever - NOT more judgement, violence, cruelty, or institutionalised messages that they are unwelcome from our government. This is the driving message behind the music video, that no matter how hard things may have been for LGBTQ people, that as a community we can come together to care for ourselves and create a chosen family for one another. "
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Watch 'Down By The Water' here: