“What is lazy punk?” – One of many concepts sought through the work of WHAT WOULD TILDA SWINTON DO, the NYC-based art rock/dance punk band with origins in Central Europe and ties to three other countries. Conceived by Austrian-Canadian vocalist, artist and actress Suzie Léger, the band strives to connect to those who fall between the cracks of the city’s musical underground.
Formed in 2016 directly and indirectly through a Craigslist ad, Suzie and the rest of the band – Italian drummer, singer-songwriter, and actor Tania Kass, South Shore-born guitarist and synth player Tom Fiset, and Brooklyn native bassist Jason Smith – create music that veers heavily from sensual minimalism (“Apple Tree”) to all-out hard-rocking power anthems (“Bikerbraut”).
After releasing a music video (the whimsically erotic dreams of an artist in love with a motorcycle heroine) and a self-titled EP in summer 2018, the group has been playing show after show and captivating audiences across New York City.
Between shows, the band created Hush Hush Parlor, a DIY concert series similar to SoFar Sounds showcasing music videos and other visual media; theater and other performance arts; and the atypical stripped down band performance.
Never the type to slow down when the going’s good, the band is currently recording new songs and short form art films for a series of releases throughout the year, all while planning the release of their second music video and the return of hush hush parlor.
As described by others:
“What Would Tilda Swinton Do is an ode to the underground, to the spirit of hedonism and to the irrepressible urge to push conventional boundaries. “
“Their self-titled debut EP is a sample platter of punk rock à la Patti Smith and has all the parts of a fully-realized manifesto, one diligently fixated on female autonomy, power, and desire.” — NEW STAND
Suzie puts it all another way (as described by StageBiz): “Our songs are about who we want to be or desire to be with, meshed up with morally ambiguous fantasies… Online dating isn’t doing it for us, so we make music instead.”
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