For the title track from their upcoming album, out September 7, Seasaw manages to turn the tables on an incident of misogyny, and in the process, they create an uplifting and fun message. In the video for "Big Dogs," the duo turns a dog show into a comical occurrence, using their song as the backing soundtrack. The album's title track may start with the sound of seemingly enraged guitar, but the pair incorporate a lightness into their noise, with tender, curious vocals that serve as a voice of reason in a world overwrought with misogyny.
Watch the video below along with a statement from the band on its meaning.
"The group that was playing after us was impatient and came onstage while we were tearing down our own equipment. In front of fans, even a little girl that was waiting for an autograph from us, the lead of the band began to move our equipment without permission. When asked why he was being so aggressive and inappropriate in moving our gear he replied: ‘If you want to play with the big dogs, you need to get the fuck off the stage’. When asked to calm down, the lead of the band then used the word bitch etc. and repeatedly stated that we had to get the fuck off the stage. There were no stagehands or security to help us and we were unexpectedly thrown into a very hostile and scary situation in which there was a power imbalance that was not in our favor.
After this event, we kept thinking about the phrase 'big dogs' because it was so ridiculous, comical and ironic given the circumstances. When we realized that we could twist the phrase to convey a different and powerful message we decided that naming the album Big Dogs was a therapeutic way to rise above what had happened. The metaphor of the invisible dog leash which is the image on the back of our album cover is what a big dog is to us - someone who feels invisible, and acts out because of what they're lacking.”
The track comes from Big Dogs out September 7th.
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