Eyes on Courtney Barnett

Her Single Nameless, Faceless is a Riot, Grrl

BY: Claire Connors

Nameless, Faceless,” the new single from Courtney Barnett’s upcoming album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, is a grungy feminist rallying cry that could’ve been a hit single for another Courtney we love (the Australian Courtney has a similar rowdy range with Hole lead singer Courtney Love).

Here, Barnett is schooling men—and other parts of society—on what it’s like to be a female in a violent man’s world. Borrowing the lines, Men are afraid women will laugh at them and women are afraid men will kill them, from our favorite Canadian feminist writer, Margaret Atwood, Barnes eerily laments in her lyrics,

I wanna walk through the park in the dark
Men are scared that women will laugh at them
I wanna walk through the park in the dark
Women are scared that men will kill them
I hold my keys between my fingers

The video for the song is reminiscent of a Salvador Dali painting. Cutout eyes, mouths, singing cats, and food not-so-subtlely resembling male and female body parts collaged around Courtney as she eye-rolls her way through the tune. Directed by Berlin-based, Australian artist, animator, and award-winning video creator Lucy Dyson, the film is at once funny and schizophrenically scary with the disjointed images matching the jangly guitar riffs.

With The Breeders, Kim Deal, doing backup vocals (her sister Kelley sings on the LP, too!), this is truly an anthem made for a movement that loves a good soundtrack. Thank you, Courtney Barnett, for providing the raucous music for us to march to.

Tell Me How You Really Feel drops May 18th.

Courtney’s tour dates:
April 29 – Fort Worth, TX @ Fortress Festival
May 4 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
May 6 – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
May 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Sanctuary at Pico Union
May 14 – Austin, TX @ Saengerrunde
May 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
May 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 21 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Cultural Center at Tiffany Dome