Holychild Started A Revolution With Brat Pop
HolychildÂ isÂ bringing back glam with art that truly makes a statement. While it looks like a whole lot of glitter and fun, Liz Nistico and Louie Diller are no vapid indie-pop duo. Their upcoming debut record is a flashy assertion meant to challenge societal roles, hypocrisy and our cultureâ€™s values. One song at a time, Holychild isÂ trying to change the world with what they call, â€œbrat popâ€.
Liz: Dress- Nasty Gal, Choker- Marina Fini
Louie: Jacket- Nasty Gal, Shirt- Insight, Pants- Citizens of Humanity, Necklace- Vant Jag
“Itâ€™s evocative and might make people uncomfortable, but I think thatâ€™s the role of art.”
â€œEssentially, itâ€™s sarcastic pop,â€ Louie told me over a light lunch at LES staple, Cakeshop. Their self-created genre of “brat pop” aims to start a dialogue about gender roles, power and our cultureâ€™s obsession with fame and money. Liz said they often wonder about what is true in society, posing the question, â€œWhen Iâ€™m having a conversation with somebody, what part of it is honest and what part is influenced by our culture?â€
Liz: Jumpsuit- Made for Pearl, Earrings- Melody Esahni
Louie: Shirt- Vintage, Choker- Vidakush
Liz is constantly reminded of these societal norms and gender roles as a woman. â€œIâ€™m affected by it because Iâ€™m like, â€˜f**k this Iâ€™m not wearing makeupâ€™. Then I go out with nothing on and nobody hits on me, so Iâ€™m self conscious and I wear a ton of makeup the next day.â€ Liz is all about exposing this hypocrisy of what is expected from women and believes itâ€™s more than okay to be a feminist who prescribes to things like a love for makeup and all things glam. And hey, if Louie wears a choker then thatâ€™s totally okay too.
Liz: Suit- Rio Warner, Earrings – Littered Nation, Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, Ring – Vidakush
Louie: Shirt – Insight, Pants – Citizens of Hummanity, Coat – Boohoo
Liz: Shoes- Jeffrey Campbell
Louie: Shirt- Rio Warner, Jeans- Citizens of Humanity
“Weâ€™re trying to start a revolution.”
What itâ€™s really about is pushing boundaries. Despite their name, they are anything but holy. â€œWeâ€™re definitely pretty raw, but very open with sexuality and what sexuality means to our culture,â€ Liz said. And if sex sells, then their first single “Money All Around” is selling like hotcakes.
Liz: Fringe Top- Cloudhunter, Pants- Brian Lichtenberg, Shoes-ASOS, Earrings- Marina Fini, Choker- Vant Jag, Ring- Vidakush
Louie: Coat- Second Glance Vintage, Pants- Insight, Shirt- American Apparel
The song and brand new video, directed by Liz herself, is the perfect summation of â€œbrat popâ€. Liz explained, â€œItâ€™s evocative and might make people uncomfortable, but I think thatâ€™s the role of art.
Liz: Dress- Nasty Gal, Glasses- Wildfox, Choker- Marina Fini
Louie: Jacket- Nasty Gal, Glasses- Crap Eyewear
Liz: Suit – American Apparel, Earrings: Melody Esahri, Sunglasses: Crap Eyewear, Shoes: O-MIGHTY
Louie: Coat – Boohoo, Pants – Citezens of Humanity, Glasses – Crap Eyewear, Choker – Marina Fini
You can listen to Holychildâ€™s voice of revolution on their debut record The Shape of Brat Pop to Come, out this June.
Interview by: Shannon Kurlander
Photos by: Angelo Kritikos
Styling and Creative Direction: Alexandra Mandelkorn
Hair: Elise Welch
Makeup: Brooke Hill