Brass Against singer pissing on stage sums up everything bad about “rocker” behavior

Who said rock and roll is dead? Although, seeing Brass Against leader Sophia Urista peeing on a fan’s faceYou could be forgiven for wishing it were.

In case you missed it (and I envy anyone who hasn’t seen the footage), Brass Against, who plays covers of protest songs from rock bands like Soundgarden, performed over the weekend at the Welcome to Rock festival in Florida. During the show, singer Sophia Urista was heard saying that she needed to urinate before inviting a fan on stage. “I’m going to pee in this motherfucker’s mouth,” he apparently said. “I need to pee and I can’t go to the bathroom. So let’s put it on a show for once.”

Sophia Urista. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)

And indeed, a show was what he did, although ultimately it was not what the fans, or Urista’s bandmates, expected. Video footage of the incident shows her pulling down her pants, bending over the fan, who was lying on his back, and relieving herself directly on her face. Audience members are heard cheering or exclaiming in horror, completely taken aback by what is happening. It also seemed that the band was unaware of what Urista was about to do, and one of the musicians seemed to leave the stage for a few moments.

Shortly after the feat, they issued a statement saying that the singer had become “too excited.”

“That is not something the rest of us expected, and it is not something you will see again at our shows,” they said.

The mixed reactions to Urista’s foray into watersports show how conflicted music fans continue to feel about what we perceive as “rocker” behavior. On social media, many have compared his demeanor to that of GG Allin, the self-mutilating punk rocker with feces, whose despicable antics overshadowed any music he’s ever made. It’s a bit of a stretch. An article of The Guardian 2008 described Allin as “the Charles Manson of rock,” who enjoyed bullying and frequently physically or sexually assaulted his viewers. Their live shows were more of a crime scene than a crowd pleaser; for Allin, noted the article by The Guardian, rock’n’roll was translated as “no rules” and was “a place where nihilism reigned and nothing was taboo.”

Urista has some ways to go before he truly reaches Allin’s levels of depravity, though it’s easy to see why Urista’s bodily excretions made fans think of him. Incidents like this are rare, thankfully, which is why it caused such a powerful ruckus. Some might argue that Urista’s antics caused more uproar because she is a woman, but replacing her with a man in that scenario, you can imagine the reaction would be more or less the same. However, there are still people who saw the Urista video and lamented that these things are no longer so common in music.

The interpretation of “rock’n’roll behavior” is generally accepted as an action that serves as a protest against “the system” or “The Man”. Something that criticizes traditional society and disturbs the status quo. A middle finger to “common decency”. There are many examples to draw from in rock’n’roll history: Ozzy Osbourne biting the head of a bat; Led Zeppelin destroying hotel rooms; Oasis fighting on a ferry to Amsterdam; Guns ‘n’ Roses singer Axl Rose sinking his teeth into a security guard’s leg … Almost everything Keith Moon did.

Now, however, in the face of that kind of thing we usually just squint. Why? Because we’ve seen it all before. “You could cut off your arm and eat it on stage and it wouldn’t matter,” Alice Cooper said to The Independent at the beginning of this year. “Viewers cannot be shocked.”

The other reason artists steer clear of truly bad behavior is that, for the most part, they are aware that there is almost always a victim of their actions. Someone always has to clean up the mess in the hotel room. Actively encouraging violence at live shows can, unsurprisingly, get people hurt. Travis Scott, whose Astroworld festival is the subject of an investigation after 10 people were killed and hundreds more injured during his set, has a history of goading his fans. “It is not a show until someone [se desmaya]”he boasted in a 2018 Instagram post.

Then there’s Marilyn Manson, currently the subject of multiple lawsuits and a new investigation by Rolling Stone which explores how his own “rock’n’roll” behavior disguised the alleged real-life abuse of various women. “The Monster Hiding in Plain Sight,” read the headline, while the article describes how he was “able to hide his abuses in plain sight behind the Marilyn Manson character he created and the music industry that supported and benefited from his mask. as a living demon. ”Meanwhile, his attorneys, through whom Manson has denied all the allegations made against him, insist that his accusers are trying to combine that controversial” scandalous rocker “image with” fabricated accounts of abuse. “.

In Urista’s case, it seems that he was not thinking about the victims created by his actions on stage. Among them are fans who had no desire to witness such a show, and their bandmates, apparently dismayed by their behavior. His ruse was childish, grotesque, and out of step with what most modern rock artists have come to accept. That it is better to let the music do the talking.

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Brass Against singer pissing on stage sums up everything bad about “rocker” behavior