As someone who views sexuality as a spectrum with endless possibilities, I think there is a beauty to the diversity of non-conforming music and artistry that overflows the boundaries of binary categorisation. In the same way that gender and sexuality are immeasurable, I think that music can be genreless. I also think that, to a certain extent, music is artist-less, in that we do not need to know whether a musician is queer or not to appreciate their music. For example, Lady Gaga manages to produce gay anthems left, right and centre. However, given that February is LGBTQIA+ month, I felt it only necessary to give some exposure to some of my favourite queer bands that are currently up-and-coming.
Many of these bands do not get the recognition they deserve – irrespective of if this is due to their sexual identities or not. So hopefully this article will introduce you to some genuinely brilliant music, while also increasing each band’s Spotify listeners.
I discovered this band during lockdown and I have not been able to stop listening to them since. Hailing from the Big Apple, this indie-pop collective is comprised of six members who are predominantly queer and POC. With ethereal vocals that float over dreamy instrumentals and funky offbeats, Michelle have managed to find a relaxed, alternative R&B sound that will brighten up any day.
Recommend Track: UNBOUND
Aye Nako is probably the most political band on this list, using their songs to ‘promote their own community-oriented, anti-capitalist, LGBTQ-friendly ideology.’ Formed in 2010, the quartet has always been ahead of its time, rebranding the very definition of pop-punk music both instrumentally, given their gritty sound, and lyrically, as seen through unapologetic lyrics like ‘There’s always a place / For a seminal place of time / I’m not defined.’
Recommended Track: Half Dome