In celebration of International Women’s Day, Calgary-based country band,Nice Horse, is sharing the video for their aptly titled song, Mansplainin’. Premiering via Canadian Musician, the Lisa Mann-directed video depicts the group’s trials with men, and their tenacity to push for progress. In addition, Nice Horse is premiering a live version of the track alongside Canadian artists, Brooklyn Doran, Iskwe and Witch Prophet at a special International Women’s Day event at Facebook Canada’s Toronto headquarters today. Listen here: https://www.facebook.com/events/192931614806119/.
Mansplainin’ is from Nice Horse’s debut LP, There Goes The Neighbourhood, and is a fitting feminist anthem, not only for the day or month, for women within the music industry and other diverse communities.
“We are one of the few self-contained, all female country band so we get a lot of comments about that. While working on our new album with producer Jeff Dalziel, we’d often come into the studio with stories about things that had happened to us as women in the industry, from people thinking we needed help choosing drumsticks to men assuming the gear we were buying was for our boyfriends. We used the term ‘mansplaining’ a lot!” the band comments. “This was something our non-mansplaining producer hadn’t heard a lot of before and he couldn’t believe the stories we’d tell him! He really encouraged us to write a song about it, and set us up with another female who he thought would also have experienced the same thing, Tareya Green. It’s not at all a man-bashing song – we love men! It’s just an experience that most women can relate to, and we had a lot of fun writing it.”
Nice Horse had director, Lisa Mann, at the helm, with the help of a women-strong crew to produce the vibrant visuals. “Our director is the incredible Lisa Mann, one of very few female directors, and she’s been doing it for a long time,” says the band. “Katie first worked with her when she was the lead singer of the industrial rock band, Jakalope. At the time, Katie was also one of the few women in the industrial rock genre. The videos Lisa did during Katie’s time in Jakalope garnered them four MuchMusic Video Award nominations. When it was time to make this video, we all knew Lisa was the perfect director for our vision and we are so happy to have her on this project.”