The most visible women of music right now are, in my opinion, pretty rad. Beyoncé’s sass and class is inspiring. Ke$ha’s sense of humor is refreshing. Lady Gaga’s edgy lyrics and synthetic metal costumes are genius. However, I yearn for the real self-made, women rockers of my middle school days.
Mid-90s bands like Sleater-Kinney, The Breeders, Veruca Salt, and Elastica, and many more, were (or still are) independent and strong minded. Many of the 90s female lead bands were totally unapologetic about being women and were not shy about letting lose with their music.
These bands ranged from the hardcore Riot Grrrl groups like L7 and Bikini Kill (part of which became the awesome Le Tigre) to the “cuddlecore” groups like Cub and Maow. However harsh or snuggly these bands were, seeing a feminine face rocking out and being herself certainly made a positive impact on my life.
There are so many more bands that I cannot fit into this post! What are some of your favorite female centric rock bands, and why? Who do you think are some of the upcoming women rockers we haven’t heard of yet?