The PepTides warned us with "Don't Believe in Love" earlier this year, and now the band are back with a brand new track — and a pertinent political message. Despite calling Ottawa home, the group's latest tune, "202 Washington DC," tells a story from the perspective of a call girl in the U.S. capital.
"It satirizes politicians who preach family values in public but get caught doing scandalous acts in private," the band tell Exclaim! "And there is a long list of these politicians."
The accompanying video plays with the power divide between rich, white men and sex workers, subverting typical expectations for people in both roles.
The clip is set against this backdrop of hypocrisy. "While the male public figures in this video are depicted as two-dimensional, voiceless bobble-heads, the female characters (and one glistening male dancer) — those who know the real story behind the headlines — are animated, expressive and striking," songwriter and co-director Claude MarQuis explains. "This video shows their world, in which they have the power and control."
See exactly what that looks like by watching the vibrantly coloured, scathingly satirical video for "202 Washington DC" below. Just scroll past the PepTides' upcoming tour dates and hit play.
"202 Washington DC" appears on The PepTides EP, which was released last month.
10/22 Ottawa, ON - CSArt
11/11 Owen Sound, ON - Heartwood Concert Hall
11/12 Almonte, ON - Old Town Hall
11/25 London, ON - 765 Old East
11/26 Toronto, ON - Junction City Music Hall
11/10 Ottawa, ON - Live!OnElgin