‘It’s like find­ing a home’

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In ad­di­tion to its lat­est self-ti­tled al­bum, new things are on the hori­zon for the band.

“We are about to get back in the stu­dio to record a new sin­gle that we’ve per­formed live,” Chap­man said. “We’ve also just added a very tal­ented bass player, Haseena Peera, to our lineup. We’re su­per ex­cited to play with her.”

The band is aware of the rar­ity of its mix of unique iden­ti­ties.

“As far as the queer mu­sic scene goes, ‘queer’ is such a mul­ti­fac­eted iden­ti­fier,” Peera said. “It’s hard to know if there re­ally is even a ‘scene’ to speak of. Any­one from any of the bands that we play with could be queer, but there re­ally is no way of know­ing un­less we have per­sonal en­coun­ters with them or they’ve iden­ti­fied them­selves. What’s eas­ier to speak on is the Lat­inx mu­sic scene. Latin punk mu­sic, in gen­eral, is not preva­lent in At­lanta, and the queer Lat­inx punk scene is even smaller in num­bers. We’re pretty much in un­charted ter­ri­tory, which has both ad- van­tages and dis­ad­van­tages.”

Nunez hopes that Bit­ter’s pres­ence on the scene will in­spire oth­ers.

“Lat­inx peo­ple aren’t cel­e­brated enough in film, mu­sic and tele­vi­sion,” the singer said. “And when they are, a lot of the time, they are forced into a stereo­type. I want to rec­og­nize brown girls and peo­ple of color be­cause I see peo­ple that look like me play­ing mu­sic. It’s im­por­tant to me be­cause rep­re­sen­ta­tion leads to push­ing bound­aries and also be­ing able to re­late to some­thing. It’s like find­ing a home. It also com­mu­ni­cates to peo­ple that are be­ing rep­re­sented that they can do this, too.”

As they con­tinue that mis­sion, they’re find­ing like-minded fans in a num­ber of places.

“One of our best mo­ments was re­cently per­form­ing a fundraiser for one of our lo­cal he­roes, [At­lanta City Coun­cil Dis­trict 5 can­di­date] Lil­iana Bakhtiari,” Peera said. “Not only do we all re­late to her in some way as a queer, a Mus­lim-raised woman and per­son of color, but we ad­mire what she is try­ing to change for our city. It was our first time dip­ping our toes into pol­i­tics with our mu­sic. When she asked us to play, we were more than hon­ored. It was de­li­ciously sur­real!”

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