Gay singer Tom Goss has somewhat cornered the market for bear-loving singer-songwriters… and we’re not complaining!
Given the amount of heterosexuality that mainstream pop videos throw in our faces, we’re all for queer artists who seek to redress the balance, and that’s where Goss’ videos come into their own.
After treating us last month to ‘Nerdy Bear’, a tribute to bears who love sci-fi, fantasy and video games, Goss’ latest finds him reminiscing about a brief fling with a man on a trip to Holland a few years ago.
The video for ‘Amsterdam’ – short pre-lockdown – finds him walking the streets of the city and canoodling in a bathtub with a particularly hot and hirsute hunk.
The song is the fifth to be lifted from his album, Territories. ‘Amsterdam’ was due to for release in March but pushed back because of COVID.
Goss says he wrote the song four years ago during a visit to Holland. He says whilst there he had an unforgettable experience with another man.
“It started in the shower,” he recalls. “We were kissing and holding each other tightly, with water pouring down over us. I had this overwhelming feeling of peace and acceptance of who I am, like I was being baptized in a whole new way. Never in my life has a moment felt more spiritual, pure and overwhelmingly good.”
Goss knows a thing or two about spirituality. Raised a Catholic, when younger he briefly attended a seminary in order to become a priest.
The video is directed by Michael Serrano. The hunk sharing the bath with Goss is actor George Epremian, who Goss found via dating app Growlr.
“Growlr has been a wonderful way to connect with the bear community all over the world,” he says. “We received a number of responses expressing interest, but George and his look seemed perfect for the role. Additionally, he had acting experience, so that made us feel comfortable casting him before we even met in person.”
‘Amsterdam’ is on all major music platforms now.
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