TAYLOR BERTELINK/THE INTELLIGENCER
The John Cleats are a Queer Pop-Rock band. Their eponymous debut album was released in 2017.
Lead by multi-disciplinary artist Dimitri Papatheodorou, the Cleats were formed early in 2017 in the artistic town of Warkworth, east of Toronto.
The songs are influenced by the rich songbook tradition from the 60s to the present. This album takes an up-beat 1970s pop twist, channelling Lou Reed in the song I WANNA BOYFRIEND while The PROMISE is a song reminiscent of the timeless music of Simion & Garfunkel. Poignantly, the title track ORLANDO is about the mass shooting at a Miami night-club and reminds us of Bowie’s classic anthem to love and loss, Heroes.
The album leads with the song ORLANDO: On June 11, 2016, Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando Florida, was hosting Latin Night, a weekly Saturday night event drawing a primarily Hispanic crowd. About 320 people were inside the club, which was serving last call drinks at around 2:00 a.m. After arriving at the club by van, Omar Mateen approached the building on foot armed with a SIG Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle and a 9mm Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol. Fifty people died in the incident, including Mateen, and another 53 were injured, some critically. Many underwent surgery. Thirty-nine were pronounced dead at the scene, and eleven at local hospitals.
Dimitri Papatheodorou is a multi-disciplinary Canadian artist: painter, sculptor & musician www.dimitripapatheodorou.com