Black Women In Punk: Part 3

Osa Atoe is a punk powerhouse and multi-instrumentalist who has been featured in several bands. Osa is also behind the Black Punk centered zine Shotgun Seamstress. Bands she’s played in include New Bloods (along with Adee Roberson – another black artist), Firebrand, and Negation. Suggested Music: Firebrand – EP (2011)

Ally Lowe is the lead singer of Texas punk band The Atomic Tanlines. With her growling, power house vocals, Ally calls to mind great punk singers like Lux Interior from The Cramps, or Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill/Le Tigre. Punk’s not dead, and you’ll believe it after taking a listen at this band. Suggested Song: Dirty Queer Rocknroll (BandcampFacebook)

Rachel Aggs, the lead singer and guitarist of bluesy rock band Trash Kit hails from London. Trash Kit’s music evokes the mood and sounds of the early 1980s post-punk wave (think Public Image Ltd), with a shot of the blues. Suggested Song: Medicine (Facebook)

Joy Vay fronts and plays guitar for NJ based punk band TV Tramps. Anyone who’s a fan of the classic skate punk/pop punk sound will thoroughly enjoy this band. They play fast and hard! Suggested Song: Keep Your Mouth Shut (BandcampFacebook)

Lynette Vertilus is the lead singer for hardcore/powerviolence band Venkman. Check them out if you’re into stomp your face in style hardcore punk — you won’t be disappointed. Suggested Song: Dead End Job (BandcampFacebook)

Kayla Phillips is the lead singer for powerviolence band Bleed The Pigs. Brutal, bold and in your face, Kayla will instantly melt your face with her vocals, and who doesn’t like that? Suggested Song: White Washed (TumblrBandcampFacebook)

Felony Melony, one of the first Black Women rockers I’d ever heard about, is the lead vocalist for Las Vegas, NV punk band The Objex. A former Suicide Girl (which, if you have to ask who they are, you’re too young) and an all around bad ass, Felony Melony and her band once performed in front of a faction of the Aryan Brotherhood. Her band’s another one to get into if you like the skate punk/pop punk sound. Suggested Song: Kill Your Stereotypes (BandcampFacebook)

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This post is part of a series exploring Black Women in Punk music. Part 1 is here, and Part 2 is here. Part 4 is next!

I had this post on ice for awhile, so I no longer have the photo credits for these images. If one of them is yours and you wish to be credited, please comment here or email jaleesa@blackwomeninrock.info.

Black Women in Active Alternative Bands (via diningwithdana)

diningwithdana:

Black Women in Active Alternative Bands. Ft. Straight Line Stitch, Light Asylum, Bleed the Pigs, The Objex and Skunk Anansie.

8tracks #BlackWomenInRock playlist

blackwomeninrock:

Check out this playlist on @8tracks: Black Women In Rock playlist (blackwomeninrock.info) by jaleesa-l.

New songs added! This playlist is sourced from my own personal collection, so I can basically only add songs I’ve bought lol. Check it out!

POCs in Goth/Punk/Alternative Music Masterpost by diningwithdana

diningwithdana:

POCs in Goth/Punk/Alternative Music Masterpost

Updates! *01/15* I had originally intended on keeping it short, but due to reader enthusiasm, here is a master version. Each contribution was appreciated, you freaks rock.

As an addition to the goth/post-punk/alt band masterpost, here’s a list of bands featuring members of color. Most are influential, others new discoveries or future freak gods. Thanks to research and helpful readers, here’s a bit of sick sound suitable for all taste buds:

Goth, dark or industrial:

Punk or hardcore:

  • Bad Brains – why most of the bands on this list even exist.
  • Death – not to be confused with the metal band of the same way. Not that you could confuse the members in any way.
  • Rough Francis – founded by the sons of David Hackney of Death.
  • Pure Hell – afropunk taken literally.
  • X-Ray Spex – Poly Styrene was the energy and feel of the band. Actually, she was just energy and feel period. Fun fact: she was also bipolar.
  • Radkey – Rad.
  • TMGE – Japanese band named “Thee Michelle Gun Elephant” or as they prefer: JAPANESE BAND NAMED “THEE MICHELLE GUN ELEPHANT”.
  • Tamar Kali – powerful musician, especially known for “Boot”.
  • The Objex – Feloney Melony’s got a wicked hawk and voice.
  • Stiffed – Santi White now performs solo as Santigold.
  • Cerebral Ballzy
  • Suicidal Tendencies
  • Midori – great jazz-punk fusion band.
  • The Redscare
  • Le Butcherettes – Mexican garage punk band.
  • Atari Teenage Riot
  • NOFX
  • Stalin
  • The Bags
  • Dev Hynes – a British musician who started out in a punk band Test Icicles then went solo as a folk/indie musician as Lightspeed Champion and now is doing an electronic/R&B thing as Blood Orange.
  • L’Arc-en-Ciel – Okay, so these guys are Japan’s other most famous export. These guys got known outside of japan for doing some major anime theme songs (Fullmetal Alchemist, Gundam 00, NANA live action movie, etc) and were the first Japanese act to headline Madison Square Garden (Japanese rock bands really like New York for some reason). Their bassist tetsuya (formally known as tetsu) gets bonus points for being one of Japan’s only out LGBT celebrities (he’s Bi).
  • Doll$Box
  • Letlive
  • The Chariot
  • Trashtalk
  • Gogol Bordello – self described as “gypsy punk”. Singer Eugene Hütz is Russian-Ukranian with Romani heritage and born with a ‘stache. Nearly crazier than Little Big and Korpiklaani combined.
  • Blackfire
  • The Bots – punk duo made of two brothers.
  • Bow Wow Wow – IIIIIII Waaaant Caaandy!!!
  • Love Equals Death
  • Ritualization – blackened death metal from Orléans, France
  • Teengenerate

Metal, funk/rap/reggae metal fusion or core:

  • Blasphemy – Black metal, the biggest irony on earth as Caller of the Storms remains one of the rare black musicians within the genre.
  • Babymetal – this Japanese trio is more metal than a viking woman on her period in the middle of a battlefield drinking the blood of her enemies to the sound of Immortal…for some at least.
  • Wicked Wisdom – Will Smith’s wife get a band?? Yes she Will.
  • Unlocking the Truth – these 13 year olds played in the streets of NYC before they opened for Living Colour.
  • Absolace – amazing metal from Dubai.
  • Living Colour – better than Dead Monochrome.
  • King’s X – more hard rock, but hey.
  • Bionic Jive – one of the better hip-hop/metal fusions.
  • Skindred – check out the album “Roots Rock Riot”.
  • Ego Fall – a Chinese folk metal band and also Corbac’s fave. Mixing tradition with heavier sounds.
  • Static X – Japanese guitarist Koichi Fukuda & Mexican-American bassist Tony Campos.
  • Sepultura – the founding members are all Brazilian, currently their lead singer (Derrick Green) is black. “Arise” is a massive album of pure metal awesomeness.
  • Straight Line Stitch
  • Blood Stain Child
  • Sasamaso
  • Tenger Cavalry –  a folk metal band based out of Bejing who describe their style as “Mongolian folk metal”. Like this and you’d probably enjoy Ego Fall.
  • Cthonic – Taiwanese metal band who’s lead singer is also the president for the Taiwanese branch of Amnesty International.Most of their music deals with their goal of an independent Taiwan and they’re really REALLY great.
  • Myrath
  • God Forbid
  • Invasion – a stoner/psych-metal band fronted by a valkyrie space wizard out of London.
  • Vodun – like invasion, marries punk, psychedelic, and doom metal influenced instrumentals with soul influenced vocals to create a unique and original takes on doom metal.
  • Sevendust
  • Animals as Leaders – most suggested band on this list and for good reason.
  • Veil of Maya
  • Oceano
  • Body Count – Ice T’s metal band rules. It would be a little tastier with ice cubes though.
  • Hirax – pioneering thrash/speed metal band (with hardcore influences). Katon De Pena is one of the most distinctive vocalists of the then-burgeoning California metal scene. Though they never achieved the success of some of their contemporaries like Metallica or Slayer, they have long been an insiders’ favorite and cited as an influence by bands ranging from Napalm Death to Cannibal Corpse to Darkthrone.
  • Infectious Grooves
  • Melechesh – an Assyrian black metal band originating from Jerusalem whose lyrical themes include Mesopotamian mythology and occultism.
  • Iron Man – American doom metal band with PoC members.
  • Sex Machineguns – Japanese speed metal band.
  • Hibria – Brazilian power metal band.
  • Metallica
  • Gevolt – Yiddish band from Israel.
  • The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza
  • Gridlink
  • X Japan – Probably Japan’s most famous metal export. These guys are the reason Visual Kei (basically Japan’s gothic metal scene) exists. All those flashy JRock bands wouldn’t exist without X Japan. They also recently just played a huge show at Madison Square Garden.
  • Maximum the Hormone – Also known as “the guys that did that weird opening and ending to death note”, MTH do a fantastic combination of metal, punk, and even pop. The best part about MTH is that their lyrics don’t make sense even when translated so you can just have mindless fun listening to them even if you understand Japanese.
  • Suffocation –  one of the most influential death metal acts of all time. Terrance Hobbs’ incredible mastery of the guitar allowed the band to blend complex technicality into the genre without sacrificing raw brutality.
  • Versailles Philharmonic Quintet
  • Suicide Silence
  • The Crimson Armada
  • For Today
  • Glass Cloud
  • Heaven in Her Arms
  • Here comes the Kraken
  • Issues
  • Periphery
  • Reflections
  • System of a Down
  • Fear Nuttin Band
  • Year of the Dragon – founder was a member of Fishbone.
  • Dir En Grey
  • Skyharbor
  • Spineshank
  • Coal Chamber
  • Ill Niño
  • Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in Dilapidation (FID) – Formed in Tokyo. Rad ladies playing some super hard grindcore.
  • Sarcofago Brazilian band
  • Acrassicauda Iraqi heavy metal. There is a film called “Heavy Metal in Baghdad”, about the band. Another documentary called Global Metal, which is by the same director as Heavy Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, is highly recommended.
  • Sigh – one of the first japanese black mack metal bands led by a fierce lady.
  • Sabbat – Japanese black/thrash.
  • Blood Stain Child – rather epic sounding Japanese metal band with contrasting vocals and instrumentals.
  • Gallhammer – female Japanese extreme metal band of doom. The wickedest chicks, definitely recommend.
  • Avulsed – Spanish death metal band.
  • Necramynth – Korean black metal.
  • Crossfaith – japanese metalcore.
  • Subrosa
  • As they Burn – deathcore band from Paris, France.
  • Wolves and Jackals – blackened thrash/death metal from Atlanta, GA.
  • Infernal Revulsion – brutal death metal from Tokyo, Japan
  • Orange Sky – from Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Monuments – it’s got saxophone and it’s awesome.
  • Ego Likeness
  • Peelander-Z – watch the videos, you’ll be happy you did.

Alternative or too cool to label:

Thank you thechampagnenigga for images/links and looselimbs for one more suggestion!

Submissions are now closed.

Black Girl Friday.

thelearnedfangirl:

blackwomeninrock:

slashemup:

Black girls always been at forefront of rock n’ roll and punk. to all the black girls out here I hope this inspires you. NOTE This is alot of bands but its not every band. got any Suggestions send them to us at our email slashtheyassup@gmail.com or on facebook http://www.facebook.com/slashemuppunx Peace,

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MR. B. S.

  https://www.facebook.com/pages/MRB-S-trunk-rock-band/57075558173

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Anus Kings

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anus-Kings/193854984053047

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NighTrain

https://www.facebook.com/NighTraiNSeattle

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Sister Tyler

https://www.facebook.com/sistertyyler

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TV Tramps

https://www.facebook.com/TVTramps

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Vaginal Creme Davis

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vaginal-Davis/106159166081796?rf=110385405655669

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Dust Angel

https://www.facebook.com/DustAngelNYC

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Half Breed

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Half-Breed/370532413010081

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Omega Sirius Moon

https://www.facebook.com/OmegaMoon

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Stiffed (Santigold)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stiffed/112267422121757

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Replica

https://www.facebook.com/replicareplica

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The Dummy Club

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Aye Nako

https://www.facebook.com/ayedontnako

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The Mighty Paradocs

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mighty-Paradocs/115554085164785

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3Jane

https://www.facebook.com/3janes

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The Breathing Light

https://www.facebook.com/Thebreathinglight

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Queen Crescent

https://www.facebook.com/QueenCrescent

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Negation

http://negationisaband.tumblr.com

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Honeychild Coleman

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Honeychild-Coleman/6424957932

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Shredding the Velvet

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Nastyfacts

http://www.kbdrecords.com/2006/09/16/nasty-facts-drive-my-car-ep-7/

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Bromance

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Tribe 8

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribe_8

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Fire Party

http://www.dischord.com/band/fire-party

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The Atomic Tanlines

https://www.facebook.com/theatomictanlines?fref=ts

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Freda Rente and The Chemical X

https://www.facebook.com/FredaRente?fref=ts

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Kusikia

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kusikia/131239746965551

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Bleed The Pigs

http://bleedthepigs.bandcamp.com/

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Tamar Kali

https://www.facebook.com/Official.Tamarkali

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X-Ray Spex

https://www.facebook.com/pages/X-Ray-Spex/112286375450606

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Red C

http://www.dischord.com/band/red-c

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The Butchies

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Butchies/83135143330

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Planet Rawk

https://www.facebook.com/PlanetRAWK

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Sole Heiress

https://www.facebook.com/soleheiressband

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My Therapist Says Hot Damn

https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Therapist-Says-Hot-Damn/243789262306652

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Cat Bear Tree

https://www.facebook.com/CatBearTreeBand

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Skinny Girl Diet

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skinny-Girl-Diet/155342227835901

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The Tuts

https://www.facebook.com/thetuts

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Kimya Dawson

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kimya-Dawson/104045206297436

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Trash Kit

https://www.facebook.com/pages/TRASH-KIT/329766302806?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Mutley Chix

https://www.facebook.com/MutleyChix

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The Objex

https://www.facebook.com/objexlv

If you are black an play in a band feel free to hit us up here or on our http://www.facebook.com/slashemuppunx page let us know.

Eventually I will be back to tag this post. Hot damn!

My band is on this list and i have never been so honored

Tumblr did some weird things for me when I originally tagged this post up, which also affected my resource page – a lot of bands that should be on the resource page were left out. I can’t seem to add the missing tags to the original post, so this post reflects the bands that got left out of the original tagging. I am super OCD about tagging because of how important I feel the resource page is to this blog, and I don’t ever want to a band to be left off of it.

Also @thelearnedfangirl, which band were you in?

Female Fronted Band Confessions – Alexis Brown

femalefrontedbandsconfessions:

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I get really frustrated at the lack of black women in metal, hardcore, rock (and other such genres). Do we not have a place in music unless its for us to shake our asses and flash our tits. On a side note I dont think Straight Line Stitch has been mentioned at all (I could be wrong). An amazing band fronted by a kick ass black chick whose singing and screaming can outdo any man!

(Straight Line Stitch has been mentioned a couple of times and Alexis separately too, check out the tag if you’re interested 🙂 )

It’s really more of a lack of representation than a lack of women. No one is really going to push a black woman out into mainstream media that doesn’t serve conventional narratives about who and what black women are because it doesn’t serve the status quo. No matter how talented the women involved actually are, you’re not going to hear about them. You have black women playing every instrument in bands like these, black women fronting these bands, but because of the lack of representation no one knows about these women and everyone thinks that we’re just not out here, or that there’s just one or two who do this sort of thing. It’s the way I used to think.

Hence the reason my blog came to be. I had an obsessive need to collect every woman related to rock music that I could find in one place just to prove that there’s isn’t just one or two of us out here, and so far (with a lot of help!) I’ve been incredibly successful. It’s up to us to represent ourselves.

Reminding myself to tag this post specifically with all of the women I’ve found related to metal and hardcore/punk, which is a fraction of the black women I’ve found that do general rock music as a whole.

wicked-pissahh – Really Awesome Female Fronted Bands Part That I Heavily Fucks With Part 3

wicked-pissahh:

Really Awesome Female Fronted Bands Part  That I Heavily Fucks With Part 3

Bleed The Pigs

Nu,Pogodi!

Lydia Lunch

Amy Miret (Nausea)

Poly Styrene (X Ray Spex)

Beki Bondage (Vice Squad,Ligotage)

Tairrie B Murphy (My Ruin, Tura Satana)

Curmudgeon

Alice Bag (The Bags. Tons of greatness.)

Bleed The Pigs show was awesome

afroxvx:

blackwomeninrock:

I’m an awkward person anyway but it turns up to level 9000 when I’m sick. I felt worse today than I did yesterday but I still ended up going and I’m glad I did.

Kayla is really sweet and awesome. And patient lol. The whole band is awesome, actually. If they ever tour near you, definitely go check them out! It’s worth it.

You’re amazing for still coming out! Feel better soon ?

Thank you much!!

do you know of any black riot grrrls?

First thing that came to mind: Shawna Shawnte’s BestfriendGrrrlfriend. Also Kayla Phillips from Bleed The Pigs (screamer for a hardcore band, not quite riot grrrl but still in the punk family), Poly Styrene (the original, X-Ray Spex), Heavy Flow, Dust Angel, Joy Vay from TV Tramps, Replica, Felony Melony from The Objex.

Honorable mention to Tamar-Kali, Alexis Brown, and Skin. They’re not technically riot grrl or punk but their music and style have that attitude (and aesthetic?) imo.

It is seriously a joy to go through my archives pulling stuff up for anyone who wants information, so please please please ask more questions like this, people! Also, reblog if I forgot to mention anyone!

Kayla Phillips

femalefrontedhardcore:

BLEED THE PIGS

They may be the new kids on the powerviolence block but their pure energy and incomparable vocal anger found seething through on each track sets them apart. As part of their violent ear assault, they also incorporate elements of noise and sludge. Bleed The Pigs are from Nashville with Kayla P on vocals, David H on guitar/vocals, Taylor C on drums and Christian S on bass. Take a listen to Bleed The Pigs EP: Mortis Fatum, which was released earlier this month, you won’t regret it…

Bandcamp     Facebook     Live Video

Kayla Phillips

steveharuch:

I interviewed Kayla Phillips, singer for Nashville grindcore band Bleed the Pigs, occasional essayist and all-around badass, for the Nashville Scene’s annual People Issue. Photo by Eric England. And yeah, she’s really screaming, which prompted a concerned visit from an office worker down the hall.

Kayla Phillips

sarahnicolefrancois:

CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW FUCKING RIDICULOUSLY RADICAL bleedthepigs IS?

Bleed The Pigs in Melbourne Fl, 9/28/2014

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