1. Long Teeth
Long Teeth are feminists Jade, Sam and Al, and are releasing a single on 18th of Femmeuary at The Shacklewell Arms – come along! (fellow Femmeuary band ‘Teenage Caveman’ are also on the bill).
Their single, ‘Famous Girls’, was inspired by male talk at work about leaked celebrity sex tapes, and the unrealistic and empty feelings about these discussions. Jade Ellins plays bass and backing vocals, and is an incredible music teacher, too. As well as Long Teeth, Jade fronts her own band, Dolls, who we featured in Femmeuary last year.
2. The Ethical Debating Society
Are Tegan, Kris and Eli. The EDS are raw, relatable, down to earth, funny, LOVELY, (See also; “Uncool. Unconnected. Unconventionally attractive.”) They released their album, ‘New Sense’ last year; feed your ears
I first saw this band last September, on a bill of bands that I had never heard of before. The name of the event was ‘Riots Not Diets’, and it introduced me to so many great bands that somehow had escaped my radar. This event had one of the most equal ratios of men to women playing that I have seen, too – I felt sad that this was recognisable, however –
This lead me to search for other promoters, leading me to find LOUD WOMEN in London, who encourage more equal line ups. Which leads me nicely on to:
3. The Wimmin’s Institute
“Thank-you for teaching me songwriting, who would have thought words had to rhyme. You know so much about my band, perhaps you should play and I’ll drink my beer?”
The Wimmin’s Institute are Jen, Cassie, Deb and Mel, and are “post-post-riot grrrl, post-feminist, post-Marxist, post-punk rock new wave,” as told by The Morning Star. The album ‘Badass Lady Power Picnic’ (best name) features the girls sharing instruments and covering topics such as ‘Your Mum Hates Me,’ ‘Mansplaining’ and the new album tracks include true stories about what you should not to expect in return for a date to Nandos.
Cassie is also founder of LOUD WOMEN, a night responsible for introducing me to a number of great bands in the last year and focuses on women in music, because, lets face it, it’s not exactly uncommon to go to a night without one female musician. (This is NOT because ‘there aren’t any’). Not only this, but LOUD WOMEN have organised a daytime gig, for those that might wish to bring their younger ones along!
Check out The Wimmin’s Institute
And get involved with LOUD WOMEN
Theresa Jarvis is front-lady and second drummer, of Brighton based band Yonaka. This band sound as strong as they are punchy and the energetic live show is no different, with George on guitar, Alex playing bass and keys and Robert behind the drums. Perhaps too often it’s too easy to describe female vocals as simply ‘beautiful’. This vocal, however, punches you in the face, dresses your wound, and devastates you with its intensity; before bandaging it and tying it in a bow. But don’t take my (weird) words for it: