The award for best band name ever definitely goes to My Gay Banjo, a Brooklyn and Philly-based duo who have been getting gay with Dolly Parton since 2009.
In preparation for the release of their upcoming album, "A Whole Wide World of Butch," Owen Taylor and Julia Steele Allen debuted a music video for their song "Like Magic" Tuesday, with lyrics celebrating queer sexuality.
"'Like Magic' is off our third album, Country Boys in the City," Allen wrote in an email. "It is a song I wrote in 2013 (we released in 2014) that we'd always wanted to make a music video to." She wrote that the original idea was to make a "moody roller skating video," but the pair abandoned that plan in favor of shooting a more joyful rendition. "It's important to me to make art that shows queer people in their element: laughing and creating together," Taylor wrote.
Allen, who is also known for her queer prison justice performance work and Taylor, who is an urban farmer, have been friends for years and enjoy collaborating.
"How it works is one of us brings the other sketches of a song or a fairly complete song, and we bounce ideas off each other and write our own parts and harmonies, and it starts to take its final form," Taylor wrote in an email, adding, "we often continue transforming the song even after recording as we tour and play shows."
This particular tune was "written from the perspective of someone who has this brassy, audacious, somewhat ego-driven relationship to sex that transforms over the course of the song," Allen wrote. "In the beginning, she does it all for herself, but by the end, she's 'gonna go all honey on you, just to see what it makes you do, and it's like magic.'"
Allen said she set out to write a song about sex, "but it is character-driven like most songs I write -- from a fictional voice. It begins with an impulse or feeling of my own, and grows into a story as I write it. Then Owen added this groovy, what I call 'California-style' guitar to it that really made it shine."
Watch My Gay Banjo's "Like Magic."