Trio tries to suspendboy-girl conundrum
Eli Conley has a proposal: “Let’s crack up this geode they call boy and girl.”
Conley’s song “Pinocchio” lays out his hope for a world that is less rigidly based on gender. In other songs, he writes about exploited workers, racial equity and other issues of social justice.
Fans of Girlyman, a more established feminist band with gender-queer membership, also should like Conley’s trio, which is playing Saturday at the Granary. On recordings posted online, Eli Conley and the Hip for Squares demonstrate a country-tinged folk style with pleasant vocal harmonies.
Conley, according to his biography, has a “choirboy croon” and writes with sincerity. “His well-crafted songs draw from the raw material of his life as a gay, transgender man with Virginia roots,” the bio says.
The group’s other two members are hip-hop MC Maia “Papaya” Wiitala on stand-up bass and feminist songwriter Talia Cooper on vocals.
The San Francisco Bay Area trio will play at 7 p.m., followed by locals Melissa Ruth and the Likely Stories. Admission for the dinner-time show is free.
The Granary Pizza Company is at 259 E. Fifth Ave in Eugene, OR.