Jenny Lewis’ new project Nice As F— surprise-dropped their debut album Friday, and it turns out the record wasn’t the only trick up their sleeve. As Stereogum points out, the band bio that accompanied their first single, “Door,” was penned by none other than Father John Misty–a fact that flew largely under the radar.
Introducing himself as “God’s favorite evolved male music journalist,” the folk rocker repurposes the bio as a feminist essay as he jokingly explains why it’s necessary that he (a man) tell the public that a trio of female musicians are good.
“I know it’s a little ironic, not too mention hypocritical, for someone who obviously knows better, to declare (‘declaring’ being clearly symptomatic of entitlement) from the tower of the patriarchy that Nice As F— (aka NAF aka Jenny Lewis, Tennessee Thomas, and Erika Spring aka The Tame Guys) is objectively the best all-female band in the last 25 years (like that should even matter, you know, do you describe RADIOHEAD as an “ALL OPPRESSOR BAND NO YOU DON’T”) so I just won’t,” he writes.
Misty goes on to say he’ll spare his readers from “blatantly man-splain[ing] their musical DNA, play[ing] spot-the-influence” and “patiently reduc[ing] their sound,” but all kidding aside, he does seem to bury some legitimate praise beneath his sarcasm.
“I gotta say, it’s high time for a conscious band to come along and talk power dynamics, talk love, talk guns, talk cookie lips, talk fear, talk fantasy, talk reality,” he writes. “It isn’t even worth bringing up the crisis of imagination in the lamestream – when I look at some these pop stars that serve as ‘role models’ for these little girls, I just think wow, really great, that’s definitely the message these kids need to hear. Don’t they know that being smart and independent is actually way sexier to me than boop-boop-be-dooing around in garter belts?”
Read Misty’s full post below.