Everyone wishes they could be as cool as Kathleen Hanna, and yet over twenty years later the punk scene is still awash with angry males who take up too much space. Luckily for us, women are still picking up instruments and making their place in the scene known. So if there is ever a moment you get bored of boys singing about their ex-girlfriends (which, lets be honest, we all are), here are some women viciously shouting about rape culture, the pro-choice movement and all the things that really matter as a woman in the 21st Century.
- Petrol Girls
Petrol Girls are one of my personal favourites at the moment. In the past year or so, they have pulled me back into the realm of feminist punk with their screaming vocals discussing sexual assault and police violence. Plus I’ve always been a sucker for post-hardcore.
Listen to: Touch Me Again
- War on Women
War on Women are a band who certainly don’t shy away from womens issues. They open up a very frank and open discussion regarding abortion and access to birth control. The vocals are snarling, the sound is aggressive, but is their hardcore styling that makes this message stark and demanding.
Listen to : Roe v World
- Hands off Gretel
I fell into Hands off Gretel from watching a video of Lauren covering the Distillers, and I fell in love with her voice. She channels the likes of Brody Dalle and Courtney Love to create their heavy, grungey sounds.
Listen to: One Eyed Girl
- Youth Man
A surprising favourite of BBC Radio who have bagged themselves support slots with the likes of Letlive and Trash talk. Youth Man are getting a name for themselves in the UK scene for their raucous sets and relenting punk rock noise.
Listen to: Pigs
- Cistem Failure
This is something a little bit different from the rest of the list, and they are also the newest (to me) band on my playlist. Cistem Failure are a folk punk band that are redefining gender binaries while living out of their backpacks.
Listen to: Boot on Your Face