Louisiana, Gilligan's Island, and Consent with Bloodboy

Bloodboy photographed by: Nate Olivas

>> Californian musician Bloodboy, Lexie Papilion, is expanding boundaries of pop-rock music into exciting, uncharted territory! Her forthcoming debut album, Punk Adjacent, set for release this summer. It will continue to push this songwriter, musician, producer, and performer, Bloodboy to new heights! Check out our interview with her where we talked about the origin of her stage name, Gilligan's Island, and her time spent recording her new album in Louisiana.

Why the name Bloodboy?

The age old question, I have the whole spiel down, but I haven't had to answer this question in a while. It actually came about when I was playing in the first band I was in, which was a punk band. We were only together for like 3 months but we were sitting around a table at this bar in L.A. trying to brainstorm names, and I kind of just blurted it out, and everyone was like ‘no’, so I said, ‘okay that's fine’. But for some reason it stuck with me after we broke up, and as I was trying to figure out a name for my solo project.

My best guess would have to be when I was a kid I had, not an obsession, but a fascination for blood and the way our body works. I wanted to be a doctor so my uncle let me scrub in and actually look as he performed reconstructive surgery when I was 11 or 12, and I was so enamored and fascinated by the way our little bodies are so incredible! The boy syllable should be attributed to the fact that I always was the tomboy, whatever the hell that means anymore. I was a pro surfer at a time, I traveled all over, which pretty much was exclusively with teenage boys, and there wasn't a distinction between the way they acted and the way I acted. We were just teenagers and did a lot of stupid shit but it was really fun. I didn't think of it as them being boys, and me being a girl. That's my best guess as to why it has stuck with me all this time.

Do you still surf?

I don't really, I did surf last year for the first time in a long time. There have been a lot of sharks in the last year or so and I'm pretty scared. I used to be not scared but I have a friend that was attacked by a shark and she still goes out there. I don't know, as I've gotten older and out of surfing, I realized it's not worth it.

So who exactly is ‘Fuck Yourself’ about?

Hmm, well it could be about a lot of people. It's not really actually about someone, the only song that is definitely about a person is ‘Hey Kid’. ‘FY’ is more about feeling frustrated whether or not its sexually or emotionally, and settling on someone who you wouldn't hang out with. I feel like everyone has had that person.

What do you think needs to happen to further the conversation on consent?

Lexie: That's a really important question. It's so complicated, and I surely don't have a solution to. I just feel that in this particular case, I was a substitute teacher in LA and I know sometimes things can be misconstrued, but I remember this one instance. This 17-year-old stayed after class one day, and he was very forward...so I specifically said, ‘you need to open a door and leave’. It's not an appropriate situation for any of us to be in. That was that. I never saw the kid again. It got me thinking, if I saw this person in a different out in context, I wouldn't have known he was 17, and he was making the advances. So, I started to think about how these situations can happen when someone looks older or acts older, and it's really not always black and white. That's what the song, “Sex Crime”, is about. To answer your question, I think the only thing we can do as adults, is to be mindful of our intentions. Obviously, there is going to a be a power imbalance. If I'm 10 years older, inherently there is a power imbalance. It doesn't matter, the younger person is claiming to be okay, or mature. Don’t be an asshole, be mindful of the situation.

You have incredible outfits. What influences your style?

Bloodboy photographed by: Kristy Benjamin

I don't have a style icon. Obviously, I love Bowie and the risks that he took fashion-wise. I'm inspired by menswear but I think that growing up, I almost hesitated to embrace my femininity. I was afraid I'd be judged if I was over feminine. But over the years I've embraced that, and I'm dressing more feminine than I ever have been. I love color! I don't follow fashion accounts.

How do you combat slut-shaming?

I’ve never really had to combat it. But I get really defensive when I hear that sort of thing. Just being vocal when you hear or see it happening. I’ve never thought if people think I'm a slut, it's healthy to have sexual desires, whether you are a man or a woman, and I encourage everyone to embrace that.

What is your favorite song at the moment?

Would have to be ‘This is Tomorrow’ by Bryan Ferry. I just discovered his solo stuff a while ago, and I love it. I've been kind of obsessed.

Why did you pick Louisiana to record your latest album?

I have never been to the south before, and I knew I wanted to go. My former manager actually found this place, and it was beyond my wildest dreams. It was this amazing little cabin, the people who built it had musicians in mind. It was in swampland right by the bayou! The people I was staying with did swamp tours for a living, and I went on a tour with them, and they had relationships with the alligators. They knew this one gator for 15 years and had a name for it. It was like a hut, it was the cutest thing! Other than that there wasn't much in the town to do, so I was forced to watch Gilligan's Island and make music. It was amazing.

So who or what were your biggest influences while creating this Punk Adjacent album?

I think the biggest influence was The Car’s - Candy-O. Its funny I was reflecting on the record after I finished and going through the references that I had given the producer, that's so weird that all of these records were made between 1976 and 1979. I gave Television - Marquee Moon was a reference. Blondie - Plastic Letters. Bowie - Heroes. The Clash’s self-titled, those were really the main influences, but that's what I was going for!

Who do you relate to the most on Gilligan's Island?

Oooohh, I don't know! Not the redhead, but the other girl that wasn't the tiny one. I don't know! I did watch it, I swear! If you asked me about a show I watched three days ago I couldn't tell you a character or anything about them.

Do you have anything you want to tell your fans?

Ohh, thank you? Hang in there! And genuinely thank you very much and hopefully you all love the record!<<