Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Erica Green has unveiled her first single as Madam Mayor, a queer-trans-punk musical project.
Madam Mayor’s “F*** around” follows Erica Green’s journey as a transgender woman. A self-taught musician born and bred in New York City, she started writing songs after her father suddenly passed away when she was just 17. She dove in headfirst and joined a band, and the songs kept coming.
The inspiration for this single came from a song by The Slickers called “Johnny Too Bad.”
“There’s a lyric that I adapted from it, ‘Where you gonna run to?’” Erica says. “Part of ‘F*** around’ is about being an outcast and having that fear of being pursued for being different — for being a weirdo. At the same time it’s also a rebellious celebration of the joyous act of simply but profoundly f***ing around with the status quo.”
She believes in being yourself at all costs. “I think conformity is a f***ing disease,” she says. “I hope my music encourages people to feel a little less eager to conform, and feel a little more free to be their authentic, unfiltered selves.”
This first version of “F*** around” is delivered as an acoustic arrangement featuring Erica Green on piano backed by a string quartet. The version to be released on f, her debut album (produced by two-time Grammy winner Marc Swersky), will unleash Madam Mayor’s punk-grunge electric take on the track.
Erica’s drive to share her music comes from the belief that like music, human stories heal. As a professional EMT who worked through the chaos and heartbreak on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, she firmly believes that music is the best medicine.