Song: “Battery Acid”
Album: “Battery Acid” (single)
Release Date: July 28th, 2022
ZAND said of the track:
“‘Battery Acid’ is inspired by a pretty harrowing abusive situation I was in a long, long time ago. I was still openly queer and non-binary at the time, but I was not allowed to be myself. He was particularly threatened by my bisexuality; constantly accusing me of cheating or about to leave him for someone of any gender, when I was actually still loyal despite the abuse I was enduring. Eventually I escaped the relationship, but this song is more of a ‘what if I did?’ spin on that chapter of my life, because this person absolutely did not deserve my loyalty after what he put me through. In the song’s narrative, I leave for a woman.
Bisexual people are actually more prone to intimate partner violence due to the stigma around our identities. With that being said, no matter your sexuality – what is considering ‘cheating’ can happen reactively due to abuse in an effort to escape, or an action of desperation, whatever – not because one is ‘greedy’ or ‘untrustworthy’, and although I’ve not done it myself, that’s the dynamic I’m exploring here.