The Skins play anti-rape tradition live performance • Brooklyn Paper
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The young five-man from Brooklyn, The Skins, will team up with three other women’s bands and a secret society of feminists for an “F-Rape Culture” concert at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg on August 1st. The organization Grlcvlt – pronounced “girl cult” “- planned the fundraising concert to oust a Californian judge who is supposed to simply let go of a man convicted of sexual assault. Members of the Skins took the opportunity, said the group’s guitarist.
“Anything called ‘girl cult’ is me, and when I knew I was going to get this guy off the chair, I thought, ‘This is a fantastic idea,'” said Daisy Spencer. “What better way to bring people together than to entertain them and see something so terrible in a positive way?”
The Brooklyn band, which began recording in 2011 when their oldest member was only 17, has made a conscious effort in recent years to become more involved in community affairs and donate their music to charity, Spencer said .
The band has also developed in other ways – away from their heavily rock-oriented beginnings and towards pop, hip-hop and dance. The Skins have just recorded their latest project at Greenpoint and will be playing those tracks and some unheard songs on the Baby’s All Right Show. Despite the serious theme of the concert, the crowd should be ready to cut the carpet, Spencer said.
“We want our shows to be an experience that people love to dance to, and our music has started to live up to our goal of giving people their money,” said Spencer. “We are happy that everyone is hearing.”
The concert marks Grlcvlt’s second event in Brooklyn aimed at securing a recall vote for Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced former Stanford swimming star Brock Turner to a six-month jail sentence, suspended sentence, and sex offender entry after being charged with assault on an unconscious woman in early 2015. Prosecutors had asked for a six-year prison sentence.
Grlcvlt is a primarily online women club with chapters across the country, including 2,700 in New York City. The organizer and “cult leader” of Grlcvlts Brooklyn Chapter said she was inspired to help the Recall Judge Aaron Persky campaign after “people in our group were depressed and sad and not sure what to do or believe” .
“Thoughts and prayers help, but we know and understand that there is more to be done,” said Remy Holwick. “This is not a partisan issue, we have a diverse group of people with all different backgrounds and views, but we are women and this is a women’s issue.”
All proceeds from the show at Baby’s All Right will go to the campaign to remove the judge. The bands on the bill – Madame Gandhi, the Skins, Edith Pop, and the New Tarot – donated their time, and the venue donated its space for the night and will donate some of the money made at the bar.
“F – Rape Culture” at Baby’s All Right [146 Broadway between Bedford and Driggs avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 599–5800, www.babysallright.com]. August 1st at 6 p.m. $ 25.
Get rid of your skin: The Skins, which have evolved into a more pop and hip hop sound, will play the entire new record at Baby’s All Right on August 1st.