LA’s Maddie Ross provides our picture perfect pop-punk video of the day today – the instantly lovable ‘Liv Tyler’. The song’s a banger in its own right – you’ll be singing the chorus with conviction in seconds. But do yourself a favour and give the video the proper watch it deserves. Maddie and pals turn heteronormative teen beauty myths on their head (so much love for the Queer Mean Girls who ‘make-under’ our heroine so that she can get the girl), and the gang take an actual sledgehammer to MTV – a fitting send off.
(If you’re in a rush and can watch nothing else, skip straight to 1:43 for the ad for a lesbian Polly Pocket set – I lolled.)
Maddie is off on tour with KT Tunstall this Autumn, after chatting to her on Twitter. DIY dreams do come true.
London’s MIRI has a lush new EP, ‘Soundbites’, on the way, and she’s treated us to a cracking video for lead single ‘Good Ones’ – a fine video of the day today.
The song showcases MIRI’s trademark soulful tones with rebel girl spirit. A lament on the feelings of helplessness all too familiar in our troubled times, it was the majority vote in UK’s Parliament to Bomb Syria which became the catalyst for the track. The video takes inspiration from BobDylan’s classic video for ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’. Check it out.
Grab some popcorn and settle in with Norweigan Secret Treehouse‘s compelling video for single ‘The Big Rewind’. Dreamy indie-pop goodness with a chorus to die for. Lead singer, Anja Bere, tells us:
“In the video all five of us has our own specific story to tell. My story is based on a person looking back on her life and a time where she felt stepped on by others, and accepted people doing it. This person looking back and telling the story is visualised in the video with a confident attitude wearing green luscious make up and big hair telling the world how strong she is now. She is rewinding time to incidents where people told her that she was not good enough and put her down. The character, in the rewinded story, which is the younger self, is visualised in dark colours and giving off an apathetic and destructive feeling. I think we all can relate to this, where we sometimes rewind time and hopefully see how strong we have become!”
Pleasure Venom are our new favourite post-punk queercore band from Austen TX, as evidenced by today’s video of the day for stunningly banging single, ‘Hive’. Driving punkrock beats, gnarly guitars, righteous vocals, DIY video = perfection. Pleasure Venom have it all in spades, and they’re bringing it to our shores this autumn … stay tuned for news of a UK tour in association with LOUD WOMEN Fest!
As we speak, the band are heading out on tour supporting Garbage: May 10 New Orleans The Fillmore May 12 San Antonio The Aztec Theatre May 14 Denver The Summit Music Hall
Effy Mitchell has just launched ‘Double Dare Ya’ on the world – the results of a documentary project interviewing bands and organisations that make up the UK’s current feminist punk/riot grrrl scene in 2019. It’s a brilliant piece of herstory capturing our scene right now.
LOUD WOMEN’s Cassie Fox was included (with a very sore throat at the time so she’s by far the most quiet woman in this!)
Interviewed bands / organisations : Peach Club Cheerbleederz Fresh Punks Dream Nails Penance stare Witching waves Cult Dreams Lunar Sounds Fig by four ZALU Babe Punch Farting suffragettes Suffrajitsu Noise and the naive Loud Women (Cassie Fox) Sounds for the cause ( Rynn ) Bomb the twist records ( Sarah ) Girls rock Edinburgh ( Caro and Fiona )
Featured bands + organisations + other contributors: Maid of ace Against me! Pussy liquor GLOSS FISTY MUFFS I, Doris Guttfull Petrol Girls Wet Brain Hooligans
Girl gang Leeds
Women in music Nottingham
Cramond island of punk
Archive footage –
X Ray spex
For all those who support putting women on stage, and turning up the volume