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HEGAZY Disarm the Male Gaze with New Music Video for “Do You Want Me Now”

By Charlie Maybee

The New York based alternative pop rock twins, HEGAZY, have released a brand-new single and music video titled “Do You Want Me Now” which fizzes with growling guitars and pointed vocals. With a slow swinging rhythm, their melodies and harmonies take on a sardonic tone giving the titular question a sarcastic charge.

At the start of the video, there are shots of the sisters having various forms of makeup put on them as they list off all the negative things that others have said about their bodies, appearances, and lifestyles. As a social commentary, it’s a scathing reminder that judgements of the body are inherently personal and solicited far too often when it comes to women. It’s a blunt take, and HEGAZY writes that its, “a song about the struggles that women around the world experience on a daily basis”.

As they gradually remove all their makeup, deconstructing their pop rock personas, they flip the script to demonstrate that they are equally powerful with or without it. Now when they ask “do you want me now” it almost comes across as a dare. There is no space to pick and choose what parts of the women we want and don’t want – it’s all or nothing, and as the twins of HEGAZY stare back at us through the lens of the camera, it’s difficult to escape the pressure of their gaze as it puts the viewer into full submission.

These women know their power, and with this video they demonstrate a proclivity for wielding it.

“Do You Want Me Now” is available on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. The accompanying music video is also available on YouTube. Check it out below, or find it on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube.

Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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