BrooklynVegan is pleased to host the official video debut of “Trans Is Beautiful” from Oregon hardcore punk unit CLITERATI. The track comes courtesy of the band’s Ugly Truths / Beautiful Lies full-length, slated to drop on August 30th via Tankcrimes.
Reveals CLITERATI vocalist Ami Lawless of the track, “From my earliest memories until 3rd or 4th grade. I believed I was a boy although I was AFAB. My mother, who was undocumented from Mexico living in the USA would hit me and yell at me for saying I was a boy. I believe she didn’t want to draw attention to us. It took me years to figure myself out. After having top surgery a few years back, I finally become comfortable in my own skin, for the first time in my life. I identify as trans non-binary/emby/two-spirit and my pronouns are they/them. I have quite a few friends who identify this way as well. This song is for all the kids who are still figuring themselves out… we see you and are here for you. Let your light shine.”
View CLITERATI’s “Trans Is Beautiful” lyric video — edited by Mark Reategui — via BrooklynVegan at THIS LOCATION.
Stream previously-released track “Latinx Taken” below.
Over a year in the making, Ugly Truths / Beautiful Lies is a ripping fifteen-track/thirty-two-minute socio-political exposé on the USA’s divisive administration with humor and quick wit. Having performed over a hundred shows in that time, test driving many of the tracks live, CLITERATI is sharper and more ravenous than ever before. Ugly Truths / Beautiful Lies was recorded by longtime comrade Greg Wilkinson (Necrot, High On Fire) and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust, Power Trip) with cover art by legendary Japanese artist Sugi (Doom, Death Side, Hellshock) whose illustration reflects a personal interpretation of Ugly Truths / Beautiful Lies’ title track.
Ugly Truths / Beautiful Lies will be released digitally and on limited LP in four color variants: 100 on crystal clear, 200 on black vinyl, 300 on neon violet, and 400 on slime green. Find digital preorders at THIS LOCATION and vinyl preorders at THIS LOCATION.
Later this week, CLITERATI will take to the streets on a near month-long US tour. The trek will run from August 2nd in Denver, Colorado to August 25th in Portland, Oregon and includes a headlining performance at Organize And Arise Fest in Minneapolis, Minnesota August 4th. Organize And Arise celebrates the diverse range of punk, hardcore, and thrash from the Twin Cities along with out-of-town headliners: CLITERATI and Warbastard. The event is intended to bring the community of DIY enthusiasts under one roof and celebrate the underground DIY ethos and camaraderie. See all confirmed dates below.
CLITERATI Summer Tour 2019:
8/02/2019 Bar Bar – Denver, CO
8/03/2019 Vaudeville Muse – Des Moines, IA
8/04/2019 Organize And Arise Fest @ Palmers – Minneapolis, MN
8/05/2019 Rancho Huevos – Chicago, IL
8/06/2019 The Trumbull Plex – Detroit, MI
8/07/2019 The Hub – Cincinnati, OH
8/08/2019 Camp Clarke – Pittsburgh, PA
8/09/2019 The Century – Philadelphia, PA
8/10/2019 Brooklyn Bazaar – Brooklyn, NY
8/11/2019 Joe Squared – Baltimore, MD
8/12/2019 VSC – Richmond, VA
8/13/2019 Sly Grog – Ashville, NC
8/14/2019 The Bakery – Atlanta, GA
8/15/2019 Poor Boys – New Orleans, LA
8/16/2019 The White Swan – Houston, TX
8/17/2019 The Lost Well – Austin, TX
8/18/2019 TBA – El Paso, TX
8/19/2019 The Cave – Santa Fe, NM
8/20/2019 Yucca Tap Room – Phoenix, AZ
8/21/2019 The Rec Center – Los Angeles, CA
8/22/2019 The Justice Center – San Jose, CA
8/23/2019 Eli’s, Oakland, CA
8/24/2019 Boxcar Ballroom – Weed, CA
8/25/2019 TBA – Portland, OR
Doing time in more bands than need be mentioned, CLITERATI is made up of four friends who’ve been churning out punk, power violence, grind, and death metal for much of their lives. Influenced by everything from Bolt Thrower and L7 to Doom and Necrot, together these lifelong extreme music fans spew forth a distinctly riotous brand of unforgiving/unforgettable d-beat/thrash crust.