Though slowly creeping into spotlight, female-fronted rock is generally the exception rather than the rule. It’s not as if female rock bands aren’t out there, or that they aren’t good. They’re simply not as likely to be given the same level of respect and exposure that their male counterparts receive.
Due to some deep-seated dissatisfaction with what I was hearing on the radio, I began to go out of my way to find female-fronted rock bands. It’s become an eye-opener, and also a continued search.
Because all of these bands deserve some love, I’m going to share some of my favorites. Here’s just five indie female-fronted rock bands you may not have heard of.
I’m going to start off with the band Disembrace. Though the band’s presence is starting to disappear, with the removal of their site and their music from Spotify, it’s nevertheless a band to listen to. Carmen LaFevers is the lead singer and songwriter, with a voice that holds up to the best of them. The height of their work is called Beautiful, a hard-hitting song about standards of beauty and resistance to them.
On the other end is Cilver, a band that’s just on the rise. You can find their first single, In My Head (feat. Bumblefoot), online and on Spotify. The song is a criticism of pop culture, and more specifically the media and its effect on consumers. Take a listen below to a preview of their upcoming album:
Anavae is a band fronted by Rebecca Need-Menear. Hailing from the London, they’ve gained a lot of attention in a short amount of time. After their release of Into the Aether in 2012, they were quickly signed-on to the UK-based LAB Records. Their song Exit Stage Left (Pursued By Bear) is a heartfelt song of abandonment and lost love. You can listen to it here:
Obsessive Compulsive is an energetic and introspective band hailing from Manchester, with rasping vocals and in-your-face lyrics that you’ll find yourself singing in the shower. Dreams of Death and the Death of Dreams is their first full-length album. It reaches its height with Man vs. Machine, a fairly straightforward criticism of “˜the system’ and “the man,” with a chorus that’s catchiness will result in many days of replays in your head.
More techno than rock, I:Scintilla’s Dying & Falling album is one of my all-time favorites, and one of the few physical CDs I’ve actually purchased in the past few years. Their song Cursive Eve, off their Optics album, is a well-written introspection on Christianity, and more specifically, the treatment of women within the Bible.