Hurray for the Riff Raff stick up for anyone feeling powerless in their new video for “I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright).”
Led by Alynda Lee Segarra, the New Orleans-based folk-rock outfit is all about social justice — namely being advocates for nontraditional gender identities. Segarra herself identifies as a “queer, Hispanic woman,” and the band’s co-founder and fiddler Yosi Perlstein is a transgender man.
On the band’s website, Segarra says her early years attending punk shows in New York City stirred something inside her.
“Those riot grrrl shows were a place where young girls could just hang out and not have to worry about feeling weird, like they didn’t belong,” she says. “It had such a good effect on me to go to those shows as a kid and feel like somebody in a band was looking out for me and wanted me to feel inspired and good about myself.”
The band continues that inclusive approach with their new video for “I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright),” a song off their latest album, Small Town Heroes. Shot in a New Orleans roller skating rink, Segarra and friends split into two rival gangs, the Gaslight Girls and the Morrisons, and everybody gets along until one of the guys tries to take advantage of a young lady.
Showing that women can be just as tough as men, the Gaslight Girls decide to exact some revenge.
Check out Hurray for the Riff Raff — with guest star Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes — putting a new spin on girl power in their video for “I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright).”