Fresh off of his surrealist triumph at last week’s Met Gala, Ezra Miller has released a new music video with his band, Sons of an Illustrious Father, covering one of pop music’s most enduring bops: “Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls.
In the video, Miller is joined by bandmates Lilah Larson and Josh Aubin, all wearing matching black leotards. Miller sports the same shade of vampy lip he sported on the Fantastic Beasts press tour as the trio growl out a syrupy, low-fi take on the early 2000s pop classic, while drums straight from a Portishead B-side stutter in the background. Soon, the trio are joined by a troupe of dancers to writhe around what looks the inside of a barn — maybe the one on that farm Miller owns.
In an interview with Another Mag, Larson explained that the idea for the video was generated at a queer dance 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. “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.”
Larson said PCD’s original song encapsulates a “very destructive, dated, distinctly heterosexual male perspective on women and discourses of desire” and that the cover is intended to “ridicule and invert that mentality, while also absolutely celebrating the genuine pleasure possible in being an object of desire.”
Miller added that the “grating and harsh” composition of the cover was the “obvious” way to make it their own. “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.”