Two Steps on the Water: “God Forbid Anyone Look Me in The Eye” Album Review

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Written By: Christine Reynolds

Twitter: @CIntrinsic

The Greek philosopher Plato would describe the ‘allegory of the cave’ as one where the individual sees only what is set before him … One point of view, one angle, one focal point – one screen.’ ‘Two Steps on The Water’ take two steps further with their album that was released in September 2016; shifting they’re perspective to an alternate point of view that they have visited before on their last EP; called, ‘Having Pop Punk Feelings In a Country – Western Body.’

‘Two Steps On The Water’ come from Melbourne and produce all the emotional punk classicism that comes with an image that generates talk. They have been generating their talk for a- while now; 2014 to be exact, and have been pushing the boundaries of none- gender conformity and sexuality in their video -cinematography that can place you back a few years – almost in the 80’s period.

Their Queercore stance can be seen in their lyrics/ old tracks like ‘Thunderstorm for One’ which transcends much about June’s self – identification (lead vocalist) and a lack of courage as a transgendered individual stepping out into the world. It’s a powerful track, and their old EP is filled with all the incarnations of one inside a foreign body and the roller coaster effect that comes with it.

‘’God Forbid Anyone Look Me in The Eye’ is a bolder sentiment from June and the band. The completed album corresponds, I believe, with June’s journey into her transitional period – as she under – goes facial feminization and the re-creation period of herself.

The album took me through a journey of queer -folk and transgenderism. Like ‘New York Dolls,’ there is something to be found in between the lines. ‘Personality Crisis’ can be found in the violin-guitar – folksiness of ‘I’m a little bit scared’ that is pleasantly rendered with the queer lips that questions, ‘if she is beautiful? The album takes a good look at others introspections and questions, with ‘Shaving Cut’ lifting its string/ electric instrumental to gather all listeners into a room and dance to the Folk-Shure pace … then has you scurrying back as June sings about her ‘foundation in her shaving cut.’

‘Decade of Disrepair’ re-joins her childhood memories of being a scrawny little teen – misshaped and lost; but doesn’t quite drain June’s windpipes like ‘ships in the night,’ which has her melodramatically speaking of not wanting to love. ‘Words In My Mouth’ is slowed down to a point where each word sung is intrinsically focused – mouthing the hypocrisy and dramatization of what it feels like. It’s one of the more soul – quenching tracks on the album. ‘Yoyo’ was one track that appealed to me, as it loops around an image of support and admiration; questioning the world who sees that person incorrectly. Saying that though, ‘Medusa’ was mythologically clever, a screaming anthem of ‘don’t look me in the eyes,’ that punk – rock’s itself to a punk – tastic experience.

‘Baby and the Bicycle,’ and the bonus track ‘Dirge’, are ready to be examined with your own set of ear-noculars and offer another folk – tour into this emotional band. I am not a fan of emotional punk, but I found Medusa to be a scream of a track. I would rate this 3, just because June’s unique braying – type voice is owned by her. she seems off – key – but is not; like a straining on the chords that is forcing notes together – it works. June and his band unite multi-genres to create an album that is bold, queer and personal.