Given all the female-intern power at PIT this summer, Mary Frances and I got together and figured it might be nice to write a few posts highlighting some up-and-coming female-fronted bands. For a long time, these have been few and far between, but here at the office, we are pleased to see this changing in a big way. So here are a few (although certainly not all), of the rockin’ females playing their way into the public and industry eye.
Emily Armstrong and Siouxsie Medley, Dead Sara
These two ladies kick off our list as the lead vocalist and lead guitar player, respectively, for LA-based band, Dead Sara. Between Medley’s hard rock riffs and Armstrong’s strong and powerful Grace Slick-esque vocals, it’s clear the ladies are keeping up with the boys of rock. Dead Sara is currently on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour and plays Dallas, TX tonight. Check out their video for single, “Weatherman,” below and see what you think of this rock duo.
Asli Omar, The Tontons
Asli Omar of Houston-based band, The Tontons, is a performer through and through. Omar’s on-stage performance is nearly as much dance as it is singing, but make no mistake, her vocals do not suffer. Seeing her for the first time live at Stubbs, I was unsure of whether or not what I was witnessing was cool or weird, but one thing was for sure — I was completely captivated. Omar ‘s feminine style and petite build adds a new and interesting dynamic to “the rock band” ideal, surprising audiences as soon as she opens her mouth. The band has yet to release an official music video, but a live performance of their hit song, “Golden,” is below.
Taylor Momsen, The Pretty Reckless
Taylor Momsen, most well-known for her role as Jenny Humphrey on teen drama Gossip Girl, is lighting up the stage with her band, The Pretty Reckless. While her on-stage apparel and song lyrics are not the stuff of role models, they are certainly the stuff of rock ‘n roll. The Pretty Reckless produces hard-hitting rock beats and melodies that could otherwise get lost without Taylor’s strong, sultry vocals. There is no denying that this 18 year-old has incredible talent and a strong ear for music. With a little more maturity that will come with age on Taylor’s part, this band could really be something special in years to come. Check out video for “Makes Me Wanna Die” below.
Weigh in and let us know what you think of these fierce ladies! What other female-fronted bands are out there that we should be listening to?