WATCH: Band Behind 'Gay Bar' to Perform in Russia
BY Nicholas Cimarusti
November 18 2013 4:09 PM ET
Electric Six, the Detroit band known for its single "Gay Bar," is scheduled to perform Wednesday at a 16 Tons, a Moscow club, reports The Moscow Times.
The six-member band's most notable single, "Gay Bar," is a song that repeatedly spouts lyrics such as, "I wanna take you to a gay bar," and "I've got something to put in you."
As part of its Save The World, Save The World tour, Electric Six is first playing in St. Petersburg, then heading to Moscow. The band's absurdist rock is not for everyone, especially songs dealing so humorously with gay culture, which is why the Russian concerts are likely draw worldwide attention. Considering the current Russian political climate, which imposes fines and possible jail time for anyone found to be spreading "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" in a format visible to minors, the band might be subject to legal action if they perform the homo-centric hit track.
The likelihood that the group could fall afoul of the nationwide law is increased by the fact that 16 Tons, the Moscow club, allows minors to attend concerts, according to The Moscow Times. The national ban on so-called gay propaganda was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin in June, and has been used to violently oppress, silence, and arrest LGBT Russians and tourists hoping to shine a light on the country's crackdown on LGBT people. In essence, the law criminalizes any positive depiction of LGBT people or identities.
This is the band's second visit to Russia. Save The World, Save The World is promoting Electric Six's ninth studio album, Mustang.
Gaybraham Lincolns and phallic imagery abound in the music video for "Gay Bar," but judging by the lackluster pole dancing, it's evident the band hasn't actually visited a gay bar. Watch Electric Six's "Gay Bar" below.