The rise of the almighty girl fronted bands has been a slow but gradual process, and ultimately a long time coming. No longer are these incredibly talented and immensely determined women going to be pushed heavily aside, made to hide behind the mainstream culture that eats up an audience only to spit them back out. They’re beginning to fill festival bills and headline prestigious venues all over the country and abroad - attention everyone, the rock n roll girls have arrived.
Since Haim’s debut Days Are Gone was released in 2013 as well as Wolf Alice’s first EP Blush, there has been sudden surge of attention on women in the indie rock music scene. For the first time in a while, bands such as these are finally receiving the praise they deserve. This newfound publicity only escalated and has made way for these women to literally kick open new doors of opportunity. It is also the first time in a while where, although their style is undoubtedly impeccable, the concentration isn’t on the look but on the sound – the guitar driven, snarly voiced rock songs written and performed by women have become anthems. In a thick sea of mopped greasy hair and tight jeans, it is nothing but refreshing to have a new movement led by empowered women who boldly question gender issues within the industry.
It also isn’t just the marvellous racket that these frontwomen create that makes them fantastic, it’s the revival of the punk attitude which was so prominent in women in the late 70s – this attitude of, to put it bluntly, not giving a fuck. As they’re kicking open doors, they’re simultaneously kicking down walls of boundaries and gender expectations – if they want to scream, kick, shout, fight, swear they very well will and they very well can. The added spice and dynamic fuses that are spreading through this scene thanks to them is addressing key issues of equality within society today while giving something that has been desired for so long by people who are bored of the clones of dull bands singing tediously about girls who “got away”.
This rise of women at the fore-front of bands has seen the likes of Black Honey, Deap Valley, The Big Mood and without question Wolf Alice enthusing their audiences and consequently acquiring large followings – these bands are taking a dominant position and aren’t backing down. Their stage presence is gigantic, their songs are magnificent and their skills on each preferred instrument are incredible – they’re fundamentally showing that rock has a place for women and they most certainly are showing how to use it.
Gone are the days that the words “I just don’t like bands with girl singers!” are peppered about and here are the days where people are finally wanting more. Here are the days where young girls finally have role models in the industry who are current and achieving volumes in rock, here are the days girls at gigs aren’t pushed out of mosh pits but are the creators of them. Indie rock bands being fronted by females shouldn’t shock people – they should be shocked that it’s taking the industry and the mass public so long to give them the recognition they deserve.
The patronisation is over – women are taking control.