You Can Call Me Sir is an electronic rock collective featuring Louisiana-bred, LA based dominatrix Cristy Michel (vocals, guitar, bass, beats – both meanings) and Memphis based trombonist Matt Petty (horns, moody elements, verbiage). Together they are making digital music informed by their lived queer experiences in the haunted swamplands of the American South. This Love Is On Fire is the first single off their upcoming debut EP and their music video will premier at Outfest Platinum Showcase on July 20, 2019 at the MOCA Grand.
The video portrays an intergenerational power exchange steeped in female sexuality, featuring sex workers across age spectrums. With abject encounters that sizzle and smolder, This Love is on Fire traces the matriarchal lineage of female dominance in a political moment charged with suppression of women’s rights.
Using a frenzy of close ups, cut ups and bound flesh the video moves through graphic black and white vignettes: Bodies twist and torque, sweating and drooling against layers of tightly woven fabric, ropes, wilting flowers, taught leather and sharp objects.
This Love Is On Fire is directed by Cassils (listed by the Huffington Post as “one of ten transgender artists who are changing the landscape of contemporary art”) and stars legendary performance artist, dominatrix and documentarian Mistress Sheree Rose. Best known for her collaborations with super-machoist Bob Flanagan and for her photo’s of subculture icons from LA’s nascent queer and leather club scenes in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Learning from sheros that have lived on the edge of past oppressive eras, Rose brands a path into our collective skin.