Maddie Ross Mixes Queer Identity and Nostalgia in New "Liv Tyler" Video
If you were living under a rock during the 1990s (or refused to put down the Nintendo 64 controller because The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was just way too addicting), you might have missed the meteoric rise of actress Liv Tyler. The daughter of Aerosmith’s legendary frontman Steven Tyler took the country by storm, quickly becoming America’s go-to sweetheart in Hollywood. Appearing in cult classic films like That Thing You Do!, Stealing Beauty, and Empire Records, Tyler caught the eyes of millennials nationwide.
Enter Maddie Ross, and her new, nostalgic music video “Liv Tyler.”
Ross doesn’t shy away from presenting herself in her truest, rawest form. First premiering on Flood last Friday, “Liv Tyler” doesn’t hide its message of reimagining beloved 90s treasures with a brave, queer twist. In this decade, representation is more important than ever. Ross puts it all out there on the table: it’s okay to be proud, in control, and unapologetically gay.
The music video is all about showcasing inclusivity, and Music & Mojitos can happily get behind that. All of the Nickelodeon and Freddie Prinze Jr. references don’t hurt, either. You can’t help but smile (and gasp) when that pure, green slime falls from the top of the screen. Double Dare lives! Now, if we can only get Guts to make an epic comeback.
“Liv Tyler” sets the poppy, upswing tone for Ross’ debut album, Never Have I Ever, out on May 10 via Sentimental Records. The entire album was created by women (Ross’ longtime girlfriend Wolfy actually produced and co-wrote Never Have I Ever), which is a refreshing and welcome change. If the rest of the album is anything like “Liv Tyler,” listeners should be in store for a delicious, sweet treat. Maddie indeed proves that she’s all that.
The singer is set to go on tour with KT Tunstall starting May 8 at Detroit’s El Club. She will make a stop in New York City’s iconic Bowery Ballroom on May 18. Fans can purchase tickets here.