No pop or rock band these days can do without a little vermilion when releasing a new record or sometimes just a new song – after all, this is what maybe the the most important asset these days: attention.

No pop or rock band these days can do without a little vermilion when releasing a new record or sometimes just a new song – after all, this is what maybe the the most important asset these days: attention.

The Blond group has been sure of this since yesterday at Düsseldorf. Along with the release of their new song and video titled “You and I”, the trio and partners built a “sexual violence hut” there, meant to draw attention to men’s daily abuse of women. . The song also revolves around the subject:

Both front women Nina and Lotta Kummer sing in the play about the harassment experiences in the nightclub and at work, which they then intelligently and confidently return in the chorus: The grabber directly addressed in the groovy, hit song (” Your hand on my ass “) no longer lets itself be let loose in vicious resistance and is, well, threatened with drastic” marriage intentions “. This can be understood as the slightly humorous implementation of a serious topic, it has something of the stubborn TV common in “TV-crazy Frank” in the modern adaptation “Struwwelpeter” by Hansgeorg Stengel. The video once again shows the possible consequences of sexual assault with a double dark background: the grappling hook is guarded with a shotgun by bassist Johann Bonitz, as a symbol of the act with a bag on his head, and when the two marrying women dress afterwards to let off steam through the forest as part of a morbid wedding ritual, reminiscent of the sun’s award-winning horror drama “Midsommar”.

There, the grim ending culminates in a hut, and on Düsseldorf, it’s a bitter place to swallow. Although the showroom is only the size of a hardware store and only the text can be read on the walls, it took an hour on opening day until you had your turn in the visitor queue: because you read yourself with a thicker lump in your throat. The fifty or so texts are testimonies that the “Wildwasser” association has collected from the victims of Chemnitz and the Ore Mountains and written anonymously.

They come from families and relationships, chance encounters or workplaces – and they range from unsavory trifles on the supposedly insignificant threshold to traumatic rape experiences – the “trigger warning” above the entrance is everything. also justified as the reference that the exhibition is not for under 18 -Years. The authentic variety of stories and details alone is terrifying. After the visit, it is clear: the wooden house is absolutely not an advertising cinnabar for songs and videos – on the contrary, they should attract as many people as possible to this hut. And in the subject.

Before entering, you can even chat if Nina Kummer is exaggerating if she is already honking the women in the car, making intrusive kissing noises, or making slogans in her opening speech (like in her columns for the “Free Press” ) as “Hey honey” qualifies as “sexual violence”. After that you don’t do that anymore. The show makes it clear: there is a kind of global overreaction zone in which such boundaries are blurred, and in which silence, tolerance and trivialization set off a fatal, painful and often traumatic spiral that society often fails to recognize. not yet conscious and which is open in particular because much of the initial supposed harmlessness simply passes as “usual”. The group obviously wants to underline this with their action – and they hope, in their own words, to continue a debate about what “works” and what absolutely doesn’t.

The hut for sexual violence in Düsseldorf is open until August 8, every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free entry. From 18 years old.