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.

Female Fronted Band Confessions – Alexis Brown

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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.

Venkman

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toddjdaddario:

Venkman (CA)- Tucson. April 27, 2014

Searching the band is fun.

#venkman

Hey peeps, @thughug666 is Lynette’s official tumblr, go check her out!

Lynette Vertilus

elpunkademico:

PONKERAS MAKING WHITE BOYS IN THE BAY CRY.

(Taken at Fed Up Fest Fundraiser and Manic Relapse)

Photos by Oscar Gutierrez

VENKMAN/PERMANENT RUIN/GRIMA