Queer anti-folksters Cheese On Bread are back with the video for their new single “Bad Friend.”
The clip follows trans girl Luna (Mari Moriarty) and gay boy Blaze (Alexander Paris) as they frolic through 1990s New York.
But fame—and an unscrupulous photographer—sabotages their friendship and it’s not until decades later that the two—played by Justin Vivian Bond and filmmaker Stephen Winter (Chocolate Babies, Jason and Shirley) reconcile.
“I drew the plot of this video from memories of three different conflicts I had with three different friends at three different times in my life,” says Winter, who also directed the video. “Blended together, they became the 1996 East Village queer kids of ’Bad Friend.'”
Don’t let the song’s title confuse you, though: In Winter’s tale it’s a lack of communication, not a bad friend, that causes the two young queers to split apart. “That left room for negative fantasies about the other to fill their minds,” he says. “Then a minor conflict escalates into a huge crisis with tragic results.”
Reuniting the two characters 20 years later, he adds, signals that even the deepest rift can be healed.
“I do love seeing where these two characters find each other 25 years later, and the laughs they can now share. I hope watching the video gives people hope, and if they have any conflicts with a dear friend brewing, they take a deep breath, talk to each other about it, then go dancing.”
Cheese on Bread’s release party new album, The One Who Wanted More, is out April 6,