Queer alt-country band Indiana Queen just released a music video for the song "This Is Me Trying" from their upcoming new album. The video is a melancholy love story shot in black in white and directed by Jeff Swafford of the web-series Three.
"We are writing songs from an openly gay perspective," says lead singer Kevin Thornton, "but the story of 'This Is Me Trying' is something anyone can relate to. It's a sort of damned if you do, damned if you don't love story."
The new album by Indiana Queen takes country roots and spins them from an usual perspective. “I have no interest in pretending to be someone else. I don’t care if Nashville isn’t ready for it," says Thornton in reference to his sexuality. “The album is country, but let’s be serious there is nothing traditional about Indiana Queen.”
There are traces of Hank Williams. The pulse of “Jolene.” Chord progressions that originated in the Baptist Hymnal. However, these influences meet at an unexpected crossroads with Antony and The Johnsons, Roxy Music and Tom Waits.
Check out the video above and for more on Indiana Queen, head here.