1. The Postal Service are currently on tour with New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia, a trans rapper who tours with a twerk team while singing about the joys of performing oral sex.
2. “The distance is awful, but yes, that is a twerk team opening for The Postal Service.”
3. According to The Seattle Times, an audience at a recent show was less than thrilled to see Big Freedia’s act.
4. The Postal Service’s Ben Gibbard told The Seattle Times that the odd pairing was deliberate and meant to cause a reaction:
“The incongruous, provocative pairing was deliberate. Postal Service leader and Seattle music luminary Ben Gibbard told me in an interview last week, he chose the opener because, ‘I love Big Freedia’s music and I’m really excited to see how people react to it.’
In the normally neutral space of KeyArena, audience members were irritated, seemed to be uncomfortable with Freedia’s brand of sexual expression and questioned whether the performance was ‘real music.’
Men in the stands conspicuously proclaimed their own heterosexuality, and in general the response was uneasy.”