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12/03/2014 12:23 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

bottoms Releases New Track 'HIV' On World AIDS Day

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One of our favorite up-and-coming queer groups -- appropriately dubbed "bottoms" -- dropped a new track, "HIV," this week and it coincides with the annual recognition of World AIDS Day.

While not a band necessarily dedicated to awareness surround HIV/AIDS, bottoms is a group whose work is heavily informed and shaped by their experiences and identities as queer individuals.

bottoms is made up of "two shitty drag queens, a 303 and a drummer" -- Bushwig co-founder Simon Leahy, aka Babes Trust, drummer Michael Prommasit and performance artist/singer Jake Dibeler

"The song is part of my work, it is about me and gay culture and identity and sex like all of the other bottoms songs are -- we aren't a band singing about AIDS awareness," Dibeler said in a statement. "HIV/AIDS is something that affects us directly. However, it is one small portion of what bottoms represents. AIDS was a massacre and, yes, we believe a lot of our peers are complacent. None of our generation witnessed the deaths of their loved ones [in that way]. The song 'HIV' is a nod to David Wojnarowicz, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, Diamanda Galas, ACT UP -- people who have fought loudly for the rights of people with HIV/AIDS."

Like this new track from bottoms? Head here for the group's Soundcloud or here to check out their EP pre-sale.

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