The FMs Breaks the Gender Binary With Adrenaline-Packed Punk “Song X”

"Gender roles are outdated and yet it holds a pendulum over our throats."

Switch your dial from AM to The FMs, and turn the volume up!

Matte Namer and Frankie Rex are friends who make up The FMs, an Ithaca, NY-based punk-rock duo who broke onto the scene with their 2017 debut album, Machinacene Epoch. Last year they released “Silent City,” an ode to their hometown, New York City — now the high school friends-turned-bandmates are back with “Song X,” a rush of adrenaline in the form of a three-minute punk-rock track.

Matt Mahurin

“For us ’Song X’ was the message we wish we heard from our musical heroes when we were coming of age. Put simply, we want to celebrate the idea of gender as an infinite technicolor spectrum and in the process celebrate ourselves,” the FMs said about their new video, which in addition to Namer and Rex, also features a pair of kids playing with dresses and feathered boas.

“My identity isn’t what it seems until you grasp that part of me,” Rex sings on the track. “You think I’m bizarre so that’s all you’ll see, but I’ve embraced this part of me that you will love… Gender roles are outdated and yet it holds a pendulum over our throats.”

The FMs collaborated with videographer Matt Mahurin who has previously worked with major acts such as U2, Metallica, and Tom Waits. “Flying out to L.A. to work with [him] for the video was a surrealistic fantasy as he is one of our favorite video artists of all time,” explained the FMs in a statement. “Many of his videos are really epic, beautiful, art-filled complicated pieces, but we kept the video for ’Song X’ relatively minimal to let the message of the song speak for itself. We had the opportunity to go hiking and wardrobe shopping with Matt in Topanga Canyon and it was so powerful and affirming to have a deep conversation around gender norms in our society and express that vision together.”

“We hope viewers of the video are similarly inspired,” they added.

The FMs’ double-sided single “Song X”/”Bad Girl” is out now on digital and vinyl. Check out the “Song X” video below.

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