Self-identified queer rap-scallion Alfred is no stranger to Strange Matter, having performed there several times with his family of talented songwriters and performers under the banner B.ckwards Haus Ops. This Thursday, however, Alfred returns to the dark stage with another Richmond-based musician Yung Pocket$ (Matthew Hirsch), to give us soundbites off their soon to be released collab So Sensitive LP.
“I don’t know how to explain our friendship and fusion without sounding sort of cheesy,” said Alfred, also known as Aaron Matthew. “[Yung Pocket$] is just really fucking good at what he does with stitching sounds together…[he's also] a skilled visual artist in the city. “
The show, Super-$ensitve Snips 3000, will open its doors at 8 pm on April 6th for a five dollar cover; the showcase will also feature visual art and vendors in addition to live music. The diverse set of artists performing alongside the headliners are some familiar faces in Richmond.
“It’s exciting to have new folks sliding onto the stage like Matissmo and Jam Matsuji because homies are wildly multifaceted and on some new shit,” said Alfred. “Not to mention that B.ckwards Haus Ops will be smothered in and all over the scene with the Haus B.nd- comprised of MNLV, Heja Rames, Sappho of B.ckwards Haus with Eric and Kirby from Worse Curses. We also are getting a rare Chï performance!”
The inclusivity and representation of all these queer artists and their allies will be amazing to witness. The medium and message that Yung Pocket$ and Alfred are electing to share is one of strength and vulnerability.
“A lot of themes go between the vulnerability that we chose to share with others and the trust and connections we’ve made with folks who helped share their voices and words on the project,” said Alfred. “There is frustration, there is exhaustion, there’s joy and a wide array of emotions that can get compacted into songs.”
The project is slated to be physically released sometime in May via Citrus City Records, a local indie music label, as well as digitally across popular music platforms.
“So $ensitive is like walking into different rooms we’ve been moving through,” said Yung Pocket$.