THE REPRESSIONS are an art-therapy-funk-rock-vaudeville band featuring Barbara Dragon and Nate Lay. They write songs about books, nature, defending animals, injustice, being weird, and living with wild emotions. The Repressions play lively shows every month all over New York City, incorporating prizes and bubbles and original artwork into their performance. Their style has been described by audiences as radical folk-rock, ethereal indie rock, anti-bully music and a Saturday morning cartoon for adults. The band dedicates their music to anyone who has ever been made to feel small for being sensitive, kind, smart, or ill.
The Repressions formed in February 2015 with Barbara Dragon and Ben Absurdo. In 2017, Nate Lay began collaborating with them, bringing a second powerful voice and elaborate guitar and lyrical skills. Ben took a hiatus in early 2019 to pursue other projects, but never fear! Everybody still loves and supports each other and plays board games together and are the best of friends. Books and cartoons have taught them well.
As a new duo, Nate and Barbara have a dedicated vision, and use every resource available to create, especially their art backgrounds. The Repressions are first and foremost about music, but the band also has its own comics, artwork, memes, fiction, parody merchandise and occasional video review of books or toys, or just thoughts and feelings. The Repressions are Vegan for the Animals! They will defend the vulnerable at any chance they get, human or non-human. The Repressions hope to make others feel less alone, and keep exploring and singing that kindness, feelings and emotional honesty are strengths. Pretty weird, right?