Live Review: Travis Love Benson Takes Audience on a Roller Coaster of Acceptance During NYC Performance

Rachel RC Scott

March 16th, 2020

Through the ages, music has always been a very powerful tool for artistic expression, and this could not be more true for Anti-Folk and Improv singer/songwriter Travis Love Benson. Travis hails from New Jersey, and is very quickly moving up in the New York City music scene. They have released two albums full of music with themes revolving around their experiences in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as their views on our current political climate. Travis was recently featured on the podcast, Welcome to Night Vale....Article on Unspoken Press

Through the ages, music has always been a very powerful tool for artistic expression, and this could not be more true for Anti-Folk and Improv singer/songwriter Travis Love Benson. Travis hails from New Jersey, and is very quickly moving up in the New York City music scene. They have released two albums full of music with themes revolving around their experiences in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as their views on our current political climate. Travis was recently featured on the podcast, Welcome to Night Vale.

Travis took the stage with their trusted Emotional Support Hyena, Yeeb; an adorable stuff hyena that hangs out on the microphone stand next to Travis. The two took the audience on a roller coaster of acceptance and progressive thinking with tunes such as ‘Universally Accepted’ and ‘Where is the Life.’ While Travis is an excellent musician, their simplistic guitar strumming makes room for their larger than life lyrics. Travis considers themselves to be a genderqueer musician; most of their songs are songs of encouragement to those who don’t quite fit into the social norms.

Travis also sang the fan-favorite ‘Black Bean Soup.’ While most of Travis’ songs are about self-love and acceptance, they also take the opportunity to bring to light some of the political issues that are currently threatening our society. This song was the showstopper of the set, as the many audience members were millennials that resonated with the message of this song.

If anyone is a voice of the millennial generation, Travis Love Benson would be at the top of the list. Until recently, there were a number of social normalities that were expected of most young people: going to college, buying a house, raising a family, etc. However, due to personal or financial reasons, many young people have broken away from these norms. Travis is the champion of these young people. They have proclaimed that it is okay to not fit in these norms, because our society is no longer normal. Travis believes that it is important to love and accept yourself as you are, even if all you can afford is a bowl of soup.

Travis writes daily songs for their subscribers on Patreon, and has a new EP out called, “Yesterday My Hands, Tomorrow My Feet.”

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