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Sons of an Illustrious Father Debut Queer Anthem & Video for 'U.S. Gay'

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The New York-based trio debut today a new song about queerness in modern America.

Sons of an Illustrious Father, the New York-based trio including Fantastic Beasts and Perks of Being a Wallflower star Ezra Miller, premiered today their new queer anthem, "U.S. Gay." The track is our first taste of a forthcoming full-length album, scheduled for release later this year or early next.

The band's song was written in response to the Pulse nightclub shooting, penned to bring forth messages of anger, solidarity and resistance. Josh Aubin, another member of the trio, told i-D, "It's hard to say how to move forward after these attacks, when, while we as a society are both furthering our recognition of oppression and working towards better pathways of equality for all people, and just totally fucking up and letting POC and people in LGBTQIA communities continue to be ostracized."

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Visually, the "U.S. Gay" video explores DIY, queer ballroom settings through a gritty lo-fi lens. Miller told i-D, "The goal for us, first and foremost, is to create safe space for all bodies in our music and then more literally in the spaces we occupy and the spaces in which we perform. We really try to ensure that the artists and communities with whom we co-create space share this ethos."

Lilah Larson, the third member of Sons of an Illustrious Father, addedthat "U.S. Gay" is "kind of an attempt at both at once--holding the anger and defiance along with the grief. Ideally people will dance, cry, and scream all at once to this song," he said.

Watch the "U.S. Gay" video, below.

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