God is My Co-Pilot
God Is My Co-Pilot is a queercore band from New York City that has been recording and playing since 1991. Their music has been variously described as experimental, noise rock, hardcore punk and avant jazz. Stay Free zine said of the music, "We hear a new sound, 'free punk' we'll call it." The band themselves disliked that phrase, preferring not to classify their music at all.
The two main members are Sharon Topper, vocalist, and Craig Flanagin, guitar. The band is often joined by guest musicians such as John Zorn, Jad Fair, and many others. Members have included Fly on high-end bass, Daria Klotz on low-end bass and Fredrik Haake on drums. They have toured and played with bands such as Melt Banana, a noise rock group from Japan.
The band's lyrics frequently address themes of sexuality and gender. The band states, "...We're co-opting rock, the language of sexism, to address gender identity on its own terms of complexity...", in their song "We Signify". They occasionally sing in languages other than English; some of their output has been in French, Yiddish, German and Finnish, among others. They are extremely prolific and have released many recordings, all on independent record labels.