Cody Critcheloe is a New York City-based songwriter, musician, visual artist, and director. For over a decade, Critcheloe has recorded and toured as the music act SSION—pronounced “SHUN”—releasing the full-length albums Fools Gold in 2008 and Bent in 2012. What began as a high school punk band in Kentucky and Kansas City has since evolved into a multidimensional pop performance project known for its bending of genre and gender, infectious pop hooks, and string of critically-acclaimed self-directed music videos for songs like “My Love Grows In The Dark,” “Earthquake,” “Luvbazaar,” and “High.” SSION’s music has appeared in the feature films Mala Mala, Me At The Zoo, and King Cobra, as well as on the CW series 90210 and Gossip Girl. Always active but never consistent, Critcheloe has taken breaks from writing and recording to focus on a distinguished panorama of multidisciplinary visual art, including surreal figurative painting, film, and music videos.
As a fine artist, Critcheloe’s work has been exhibited by Peres Projects, The Hole, and MoMA PS1. Critcheloe has also directed numerous music videos for artists such as Perfume Genius, Robyn, Kylie Minogue, The Gossip, Santigold, Brooke Candy, Peaches, Dum Dum Girls, Liars, Lower Dens, and Grizzly Bear.
Fusing elements of grunge, psychedelic rock, punk, and ’80s MTV pop, SSION synthesizes a young lifetime of turn-of-the-millennium sonic references into an aesthetically singular vision of modern song craft. This has earned him a rabid and devoted fanbase that extends from Brooklyn to California, Mexico, Spain, France, England, Russia, Canada and the midwest. Brazenly homosexual and never victimized, SSION’s fun and defiant pop output recalls a more progressive and liberated era in gay popular music, placing him within the lineage of artists like Henry Rollins, Freddie Mercury, George Michael, Pet Shop Boys, Boy George, and Dead Or Alive.