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Theia and Vayne Call Out Abusers On 'CREEP'

Theia and Vayne Call Out Abusers On 'CREEP'

Annabel Kean / Friday 12th February, 2021 11:04AM

Sexual predators beware, Theia (Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Tiipaa) and Vayne (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Porou) have delivered an anti-abuser anthem that'll be running through the minds of anyone looking to roll heads and call out 'CREEP's. The two pop angels were brought together by chance at APRA’s Reo Māori Songhubs last year in an harmonious melding of songwriting prowess, and probably one of the few actually good things to happen in 2020. Meeting for the first time and given eight hours to write a song in both English and Te Reo, the up-and-coming stars, along with producers Jeremy Tātere MacLeod and Rory Noble, spent hours discussing and forming the ideas behind what would become 'CREEP', starting with "Fuck it we’re going to make a song addressing abusers”. The track is built over a beat that sounds like a ticking time bomb, with a massive bass bed below Vayne's cut throat bars warning creeps to watch their backs because "Kua wetea taku mokonaha, E kore au e noho puku anō" (My muzzle has been loosened, I will never sit in silence again). As is always the case when it comes to sexual abuse, the words of those speaking out are the most important. Read what Theia and Vayne had to say about their debut collaboration...

Theia: “‘CREEP’ is about calling out those who lurk in the shadows; those who prey on the vulnerable and who are often protected by the silence of those around them ... You know that ‘creepy uncle’ whose actions people laugh off but never act upon. We want them to know - there’s nowhere to hide!”

Vayne: “I only speak on behalf of myself and my own experiences, but if I am to say anything, I will say that we have to stop letting these cycles continue. We have to stop letting people abuse their positions of power, we have to stop silencing our children, we have to stop expecting only women to resolve these situations. Men need to have these conversations amongst other men. We have to amplify victims’ voices not silence them. We have to speak up in the moment, we have to stop brushing shit under the rug!”

Listen closely, Theia's sugar sweet vocals pack a message with bite...

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