New York Pop Duo Gives Stephen King's 'Carrie' A Queer Inclusive Revamp

BHuman's Billie Lloyd and Harrison Scott pay homage to the horror classic, as well as "Grease" and other era-defining teen films, in the video for "Other Way."
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New York pop duo BHuman has a bloody good time on its new single, 鈥淥ther Way,鈥 and the two are hopeful their verve will encourage listeners to find the 鈥渦nabashed joy鈥 in themselves, too.

The song鈥檚 music video, out Monday and viewable above, is a colorful tribute to era-defining teen movies like 鈥Grease鈥 and 鈥But I鈥檓 a Cheerleader.鈥 Arguably the most iconic allusion, however, appears at the video鈥檚 climax 鈥 when singer Billie Lloyd, clad in a pink gown, is doused with a bucket of blood in an homage to Stephen King鈥檚 鈥Carrie.鈥

Lloyd and bandmate Harrison Scott told HuffPost they felt compelled to lean into their 鈥渦n-ironic鈥 love of teen films in an effort to capture the rush of 鈥渇irst love鈥 as referenced in the song. As for 鈥淐arrie,鈥 the pair connected to that 1976 classic 鈥 in which a telekinetic teen seeks revenge on her classmates after a prom night gone wrong 鈥 because its portrayal of high school as a place of both humor and horror echoes the experience of many LGBTQ youths.

Billie Lloyd (left) and Harrison Scott have been collaborating as the New York pop duo BHuman since 2018.
Billie Lloyd (left) and Harrison Scott have been collaborating as the New York pop duo BHuman since 2018.
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鈥淗igh school can suck for a lot of queer kids, so we felt like the visceral quality of Carrie getting blood dumped on her really drove the point home,鈥 said Lloyd, who is transgender. 鈥淧ersonally, my biggest challenge was keeping going while I had menthol-flavored fake blood in my eyes!鈥

Added Scott, who is gay, 鈥淗igh school and new love are both exciting and scary, and I think that resonates in the message of the song and video.鈥

鈥淥ther Way鈥 is featured on BHuman鈥檚 2019 debut album, 鈥BMovie,鈥 which came out just months after their self-titled debut EP. The 10-song 鈥渢heatrical concept鈥 collection reflects the varying backgrounds of its members 鈥 Lloyd is British, while Scott is an Illinois native 鈥 who were friends before they began collaborating as BHuman in mid-2018.

Their sense of campy humor, however, especially shines through in their music videos. 鈥Goodbye,鈥 which debuted on Billboard in March 2019, saw Scott and Lloyd donning 1960s-inspired duds while cavorting with giant puppets. For their reggae-tinged, electro-pop take on Cher鈥檚 鈥Believe,鈥 they invoked Mulder and Scully from 鈥淭he X-Files.鈥

"High school and new love are both exciting and scary, and I think that resonates in the message of the song and video," Scott (back) said of "Other Way."
"High school and new love are both exciting and scary, and I think that resonates in the message of the song and video," Scott (back) said of "Other Way."
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The release of 鈥淥ther Way鈥 comes after a prolific period for many LGBTQ pop artists, with Sam Smith, Kim Petras and Lil Nas X racking up mainstream hits over the past year. Scott sees the cultural embrace of such stars as a natural progression in terms of how 鈥渢he breadth and depth of people鈥 who consume music is represented.

鈥淲e鈥檙e telling stories and making music about our lives, which are inherently queer stories,鈥 he said.

Lloyd, who cites Sufjan Stevens and Regina Spektor as influences, is hopeful fans of all backgrounds will relate to BHuman鈥檚 music and specifically to 鈥淥ther Way,鈥 because 鈥渓ove is an emotion felt by all.鈥

鈥淪tories unite us because we automatically place ourselves in them,鈥 she said.

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