Californian musician Bloodboy aka Lexie Papilion has released a brand new single taken from her forthcoming debut album “Punk Adjacent,” set for release this summer. “Sex
Crime” is available worldwide from today.
“Sex Crime” is about a woman in her early 20s who is pursued by a young man in his late teens, and while she can't deny she feels a certain attraction to him, she ultimately decides he's too
young.” Papilionwho wrote and co-produced the song explains. It’s meant to reflect the nuanced nature of love and lust, as well as a commentary on the rigidity of our legal system in regards to
romantic relationships it deems inappropriate. While I believe there is no "magic age" dictating our physical or emotional capacity to consent, I do believe we have a moral responsibility to
recognize and accept the inherent power imbalance at play between two people when there is a large disparity in age.”
“Sex Crime” comes with the announcement of Bloodboy’s debut album “Punk Adjacent” which is due later this year. Co-produced by Bloodboy and Taylor Locke (The New
Pornographers, Rooney) and recorded in California, “Punk Adjacent” is a record about acceptance: primarily self-acceptance.
“I spent so long writing music that I thought "made sense" for me to write and I had a difficult time allowing myself to be vulnerable enough to take any real risks. I always wanted to make punk
music because it's what I grew up identifying with most, but setting out to make a punk record felt a little disingenuous to me.” Papilion reveals. “I finally reached a point where I wasn't concerned
with fitting any sort of mold. The artists I admire didn't impose any restrictions on themselves and that was how the punk movement came to be in the first place.”
After escaping the insanity of Los Angeles, Papilion retreated to a small cabin in rural Louisiana to find inspiration for the new record. Drawing from records that influenced her growing
up, such as Television's "Marquee Moon" and The Cars' "Candy-O," Papilion tried to incorporate certain elements without being tied to the idea that the end result had to
sound any particular way.
She continues. “After I finished the record, my best friends and I were joking about the way our moms still try to score "cool points" with us by talking about the punk shows they went to when they
were younger. I said "I doubt my mom was really in the scene; she was probably adjacent to the scene" and I immediately saw the parallel. There may be moments where I get close, but I'm likely never
going to make a bona fide punk record and that's totally fine.”
As the name suggests, the resulting “Punk Adjacent” is an exhilarating record that would not have felt out of place in the late 1970s, early 80’s-era CBGB’s. Sparkling guitars, complex
arrangements and Papilion’s signature, commanding vocals compliment her unique ability to explore taboo themes in a way that feels simultaneously tongue-in-cheek and sincere. This new chapter
sees Papilion continuing to push the boundaries of pop-rock music into exciting, uncharted territory and “Sex Crime” is the first of many that will continue to put this songwriter,
musician, producer and performer Bloodboy on the map.