“Patriarchy Over and Out”
DFA / Human Level
On August 1, Planningtorock‘s Janine Rostron plays the Southbank Centre in London as part of Antony‘s Meltdown Festival. The line-up represents Anthony’s “Future Feminism” approach, in which he and the group of New York City artists with whom he associates himself “reject patriarchy in its myriad virulent and apocalyptic manifestations, [advocating] for a fundamental shift towards feminism in all our systems and structures of governance.” Rostron’s new single, “Patriarchy Over and Out”, is the epitome of the beat to which Antony marches.
And what a beat: the first single to be released on Rostron’s DFA imprint, Human Level, initially sticks so tightly to the grid that it’s as if someone sent an electronic charge up a pristine chickenwire fence, crackling, hissing and buzzing in threatening fashion. It’s militantly precise, and Rostron’s masculine, operatic demands are cold and mantra-like: “I don’t want to wait/ Patriarchal life, you’re out of date/ Patriarchal life, get out of the way.” Three-quarters of the way through the song, the grid melts away to a rueful glow, and Rostron’s vocals become more emotional, more human and imploring. It’s as if the song strips away a common perception of feminism– exacting and militant– to show the basic human cry for equality beneath. A deeply persuasive, beautiful single.