Welcome to Part 2! This time around we’ve got 5 more all-female and female-fronted bands who are certainly shaking things up in varying genres of rock. Joan Jett was once quoted saying “I think there is nothing better than seeing a three-chord straight up rock n’ roll band in your face with sweaty music and three minute good songs”… I agree, Joan. I agree. Female badassery didn’t die in the 70’s, it’s still alive and well, you just need to know where to look.
01. Hinds (Madrid, Spain | Garage Rock / Surf Rock / Lo-fi)
– The loveable party girl quartet, Hinds, rolled out of Madrid, which is obvious after hearing 2 seconds of vocals. Carlotta and Ana, the band’s singers, both croon in an infectious way. Their singing is breathy and sweet in their Spanish accents. Hinds’ music can technically be described as garage rock, though they are unlike many other female-centric garage rock bands right now as the group doesn’t steer far from lo-fi and pop influence. Frankly, their fresh-faced millennial indieness is purely likeable, working in their favour. Hinds’ most recent record Leave Me Alone definitely has a DIY aspect to it, which only adds to its charm. I suggest diving into Hinds’ brand of rock before they inevitably really blow up.
02. Colornoise (Heredia, Costa Rica | Experimental Rock / Noise Rock)
– Drop what you are doing and go listen to the Costa Rican rock n’ roll ladies of Colornoise. This is the kind of pure, tactful rock music that I remember diving into as a teen starting to get into varying rock elements. Colornoise’s music seems to transcend time; making a person nostalgic for ’70s hard rock, Haight Ashbury-era ’60s hippie rock, or – most prevalently – PJ Harvey-esque ’90s punk, all the while keeping fresh, relatable, and original. Their music is moody, with low riffs and upbeat drumming. Keep an eye and ear out for their fourth album to be released this year!
03. Deap Vally (Los Angeles, California | Alternative Rock / Blues Rock / Garage Rock)
– Deap Vally has been kicking it for the last 5 years, slowly making a name for themselves in the blues rock world. The loudly printed onesie wearing gals of Deap Vally show off their wit within feminist, Runaways style rock n’ roll. Recently having toured with Wolfmother, they amass fans every time they play a live show. With guitar licks that Jack White would approve of, and ’70s-inspired steady yet powerful drumming, Lindsey Troy’s desperation dripping vocals are the proverbial cherry on top. On their single “Royal Jelly”, Troy chants “If ya wanna be Queen B / then ya better be cun-ning” which actually accurately describes Deap Vally; the Queens of underground heavy blues rock. Deap Vally are the epitome of badass female rock music. Look up “sharp rock n roll” in the dictionary, you’ll find them.
04. Conquer Divide (USA/UK | Post-Hardcore / Metalcore / Hard Rock)
– Combine effervescent falsetto and guttural death growl, top it off with rapid fire drumming and that is Conquer Divide. The girls of Conquer Divide sound like they’ve just stepped out of 2005 – in the best way. Their sound is unequivocally metalcore, seamlessly joining metal and punk – once described as alternative metal (in those Amy Lee days). What really sets them apart is how the drum beats are truly what set the pace of each song. The vocals and video game-sounding guitar riffs are coherent within the exhausting ebb and flow of drumming. With a band member count currently at 6, each girl brings to the floor a different musical style and background, combined to create great modern metalcore; made for more than your average scenester.
05. Best Coast (Los Angeles, California | Indie Rock / Indie Pop)
– This garage rock group is made up of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, who together make the most swoon-worthy music. Best Coast is primarily centered on beachy garage rock with obvious 1950’s/60’s punk influence. Their brand of rock is easily likeable, often mixing in doses of surf rock. Their sound gives off a distinct vibe; if Linda Perry fronted the Beach Boys. Don’t be fooled, however, this is not to say that the group lacks the rips n’ roars associated with most garage rock in this vein, they do it unapologetically and often. Best Coasts’ most recent album California Nights is rife with clear interpretation and heavy instrumentals. Vocal simplicity doesn’t need to drown in bubblegum pop, Best Coast brings vocal range within simplicity to the forefront. They’ve taken this type of approach – quite prominent in 1960’s surf rock – and made it their own. Plus, it’s so easy to imagine them somewhere in between Semisonic and The Cardigans on the 10 Things I Hate About You Soundtrack, if only they had formed 10 years earlier.
*Be sure to also check out:
– Women of Rock: 5 Female Groups You Need to Hear Right Now! (Part 1)