I know you are a dedicated reader *peers at you knowingly*. Then you’ve picked up on the fact that I’m a gay lady. As such, I appreciate women. Especially women who can sing. So this post is a recognition of women or female-fronted bands in the genres of music I adore, i.e. rock (punk, pop, indie, acoustic, alternative, etc.) Here I list bands in no specific order that I think deserve attention they may not get because people are clouded by the beauty of Taylor Swift or Ariana Grande.
1) Fit for Rivals
I think I’ve written a blog about this band before. So of course I’m a fan enough to include Fit For Rivals in this post. There’s an exclusive interview on AfterEllen. Fit for Rivals formed in 2008 with Renee Phoenix as the lead vocalist. Turns out she’s an awesome gay lady herself :)
2) We are the In Crowd
I don’t remember how I found WATIC.. Probably like all these bands. I searched through Spotify looking for women to be up in my ear canal ;) I really enjoy this band because they did the whole dueling vocals thing for awhile, and I am a huge fan of that particular style. We are the In Crowd formed in 2009 in Poughkeepsie NY with Taylor Jardine as the front woman. And while she’s not gay herself, she’s super cool!
3) Tonight Alive
And WATIC leads me to Tonight Alive… because pop punk bands are like family. If you know of one, it won’t be too much longer until you find another. It took me a hot minute to get into Tonight Alive. After a few tries, I found that I really enjoyed the instrumentals and Jenna McDougall’s voice. This band is from Australia and formed in 2008.
4) Sick of Sarah
There isn’t much to say about SoS except that they are awesome. I do follow them on FB and they seem like a ton of fun. This is an all-female band formed in 2005 with leading lady Abisha Uhl.
5) Vanity Theft
I found VT because they were on tour with SoS one year… The Lady Killer Tour… THAT sounds like an amazing tour. I listened to VT once… and I can’t seem to stop. VT is another all-female band formed in 2005 with leading lady Alicia Grodecki.
Wikipedia states: “Crystalyne is a Canadian rock band from the city of Toronto, Canada and formed in 2011.” Leading lady Marisa Dattoli. I am really only into two songs.. the one below, and “6 am in the Morning” … but there is something about both songs that is infectious.
I say “meh.” But my brother thinks Echosmith is great… and he appreciates music that should be appreciated when I don’t. Echosmith formed in 2009 with leading lady Sydney Grace Ann Sierota.
8) Eyes Set to Kill
ESK is a post-hardcore band. They are quite unique to have two women (Alexia and Anissa Rodriguez) as primary members. They formed in 2003 but didn’t release an EP until 2006. The band has undergone many member changes, but they sound amazing. Any band that can go through that and still sound wonderful.. well, that says A LOT.
I think you need to watch Girl Trash All Night Long before you listen to Killola. Then listen to Killola. They wrote the music for the movie, and the leading lady Lisa Rieffel plays a character as well. The band formed in 2003. The video below isn’t one of the songs I really like… but I couldn’t find a video with good enough audio.
Apparently there’s a genre called mathcore… and that’s what Wiki classifies the Marmozets. They formed in 2011 with leading lady Becca Macintyre. I personally really enjoy the part where she screams… and I mean that in a non-dirty manner.
11) Care Bears on Fire
A lot of people seem to be hatin’ on the song in the comments section of this video… but I just think it’s funny and thought I’d include the genius band that wrote it. CBF is an all female-band formed in 2005.
12) The Cliks
Okay… so technically this is not a female-fronted band. Listening to the band at first, I thought the lead vocalist was female. That’s why The Cliks made this list. However, after looking at the bio, I’ve learned that the lead singer is a trans man (female at birth, male gender identity)… that makes him MORE AWESOME. I debated whether to then take The Cliks off this list out of respect for his gender identity.
Then why does this band remain on the list? Because this list is about recognition of a minority. Women are rarely visible in the genres of music I listen to. LGBTQ persons are even more rare. So I decided that the Cliks remain because they deserve the recognition in a cisgender male dominated world.
The Cliks formed in 2004 with leading trans man Lucas Silveira.
13) He is We / Rachel Taylor
Unfortunately, He is We is no longer a band. It’s too bad because their album My Forever is amazing. Rachel Taylor is still creating music on her own, and I look forward to hearing what her next full length album sounds like.
14) To be Juliet’s Secret
I have blogged about TBJS previously. I already told you how awesome they are.. nothing new has come out since that blog. Buuuut, they are up here, so in the spirit of posting music.. I’ve posted music.
15) Perfect Pussy
Formed in 2012 with leading lady Meredith Graves. The music is… interesting. I don’t know why I like it so much because I can’t understand a word Mere says. But if you like noise-grunge rock (which seems redundant to me) you should check them out.
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I am SO SHOCKED. I just found something Wiki does not maintain a page. Alas, I had to do ACTUAL research for this band. Formed in 2012. And it’s an all-female band. I couldn’t find anything else. But go ahead. Listen. They remind me of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
17) Icon For Hire
I actually learned about these guys today. My brother suggested them for this list. And Wikipedia does have a page.. formed in 2007 with leading lady Ariel Bloomer.
Some of the older crowd may appreciate:
18) Melissa Etheridge
Formed in 1961… KIDDING. No, really, that’s when Melissa was born. She’s published music since 1988. It wouldn’t be right for me to have this list and not include one of the first ladies in rock that I ever heard. I remember listening to “I’m the Only One” on my mom’s walk-man XD
19) Fleetwood Mac
Another wonderfully classic lady in rock is Stevie Nicks. The first time I ever heard of her was in college during Music club. We were doing a cover of Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac. I also enjoy Landslide.
20) The Cranberries
Formed in 1990 with leading lady Dolores O’Riordan. As if Irish accents weren’t attractive enough… now there’s a band with a singing irish woman. I’m done.
But seriously, my brother was playing “Zombies” non-stop for WEEKS. So, I fell in love.
So other than sharing a list of female-fronted bands I listen to… what’s the point of this post? Visibility mostly. If I had known there were more than 2 or 3 successful women in a genre of music I wanted to go into… well, I may never have given up on that dream. I think others need to know that there are AT LEAST 19 successful women and one trans man. And among the women listed above, there are at least 3 who are not straight. Punk rock, indie rock, alternative rock, whatever rock… it all has come a long way. Anything seems possible nowadays, and all 20 of these bands have shown that is true.