Sourcing a poignant 2011 viral video from a then pre-teen Eliza Ibarra, the visual tackles the societal status quo with a scathing sense of confrontation.
Dark pop antagonist Dana Dentata has unveiled the latest offering from her highly-anticipated forthcoming LP, Pantychrist, with the unapologetic anthem in “Do You Like Me Now”?
Sourcing a 2011 viral video published by a then 12-year old Eliza Ibarra of the same title, the pre-teen took took to the internet to vent boiled-over frustrations with the unrealistic expectations that men project on women. The poignant message conveyed in the video transforms the dynamic, dumping pervasive patriarchy on its head and shifting the status quo where women hold the power rather than bear the expectation.
Dentata discussed her headspace in making the music video and asserting her art as a vehicle of upheaval. “I saw the ‘Do You Like Me Now?’ video by 12-year-old Eliza one day at the studio and I thought it was bad ass. It instantly inspired me to talk about all the other bullshit things that are expected of us and projected at us. I related to it because I was actually in a relationship where I had to drastically change my hair, clothes, nails, my personality, everything for someone, I was really screaming a form of ‘do you like me now, bitch?’ inside. Being able to recreate this experience but take his ass out and free my inner child was my redemption.
I feel like the song and video have the same energy as Eliza’s original video and whether you are a 12-year-old girl or a porn star we can all relate to feeling pressured by society to change ourselves. To have Eliza in it made the video so meaningful and literal.”
The track serves as another glimpse into the trailblazing direction of the first female solo artist of Roadrunner Records. Prepping the release of her unflinching Pantychrist, Dentata’s sound and spirit offer a sexually-charged, fem-centric rallying cry that resonates with a base that is ready to confront the bulshit.
The album’s collaborators thus far include the likes of Dylan Brady of 100 gecs, Kris Esfandiari of King Woman / Miserable, Robokid, YAWNS, Fish Narc of GothBoiClique and The Heavy.
Watch Dana Dentata take the power back on “Do You Like Me Now?”