Women in rock, from Against Me! and Evanescence to Paramore and Tonight Alive, are larger than life. While shaping the alternative music world as we know it, they also proved that women belong in rock ‘n’ roll. They all continue to inspire other young women to push against the status quo of the male-dominated music industry.
While Hayley Williams is still working on music with Paramore and other major scene legends are working hard behind the scenes, we decided to shed light on pop-punk, indie-rock and other acts led by women who recently put out music this past year and definitely need to be on your playlist if they aren’t already.
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Check out these 12 projects fronted by women below who have new music to share and are leaders and up-and-comers in the alternative space.
Stand Atlantic are rising their fanbase day by working day with their authentic pop-punk appears, from “Lavender Bones” off their 2018 album, Skinny Dipping, to their most latest launch “I’m Sorry” featuring Mokita. Guide vocalist Bonnie Fraser normally provides superior electricity and powerful vocals to each and every established, and you will not want to pass up Stand Atlantic when they go out on tour yet again. They unveiled their sophomore album, Pink Elephant, in 2020, which contains extraordinary tracks this kind of as “Hate Me (Often),” “Jurassic Park” and extra.
New Dialogue have cranked out a number of vivid indie-pop tracks that are confident to provide a minimal light-weight to your day no issue the temperature outside your window. Their most modern music “Flesh & Blood” is a banger and capabilities fellow pop ensemble Smallpools. Previous tracks that are sung by Ela Kitapci these types of as “Pretend Smile” and “Pilgrims” are also main choose-me-ups for pop lovers.
YONAKA are burning up the different scene with their new track “Seize The Energy.” All of their creations, in particular this new launch, are dark, sexy and contrary to any other pop track you have listened to. They merge elements of hardcore with bubbly pop, soul and a little bit of hip-hop. It’s definitely the finest of all of your favored genres. Theresa Jarvis is a dynamic and effectively-rounded vocalist who will encourage the following era of musicians to experiment with sounds and share just what is on their minds. This tune proves that girls aren’t here to inquire for power—we’re in this article to “take it.”
Teddy Geiger, aka teddy<3, is one of the best songwriters in the biz who you may have not known about. She’s crafted chart-topping singles for Shawn Mendes as well as writing with P!nk, Niall Horan and more. Her influence is unmatched, and now she’s ready to share her own project. Her most recent release, “Sharkbait,” is an absolute indie dream, with a groovy bassline perfect for your beach playlist this summer. You can also check out LillyAnna, the full-length debut from this project with such favorites as “Get Me High” and “Under The Blue.”
Hot Milk are a band you need to add to your Spotify playlist ASAP, fronted by duo Jim Shaw and Han Mee. Mee is a woman with major pipes. Their latest release, “Glass Spiders,” is one hell of an emotional roller coaster. Mark Hoppus and Mitchy Collins even did a remix of their single “Candy Coated Lie$.” If you’re looking for a solid heartbreak song, that’s definitely the one you need to hear. As of now, they already have dates lined up for shows in Europe. If you’re lucky enough to live in a country with safe concerts, check them out.
Yours Truly hail from Australia and are rising straight to the top of your pop-punk playlists with their debut album. Lead vocalist Mikaila Delgado projects urgency and passion in each note she sings and will make you both nostalgic and stoked for the future of pop punk. By streaming their debut record, Self Care, you’re actually practicing just that.
Against The Current
Against The Current are coming into their own as a scene staple. Lead singer Chrissy Costanza, in all of her back-bending glory, fronts the band and has toured around the world. Her insane range and incredible collaborations with the likes of the Ready Set and Dashboard Confessional is truly something to behold. Even when discussing major issues such as heartbreak and mental health problems, Costanza makes each lyric relatable and each sound impossible to click away from. You’ll certainly lean into their new single “that won’t save us” and their 2018 LP, Past Lives.
Heather Baron-Gracie, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Pale Waves, chatted with Alternative Press about the band’s brand-new album, Who Am I?, and how the group have advanced since their 2018 LP debut. Baron-Gracie’s haunting vocals are unique and will surely capture your attention, no matter what genre you might think is your favorite. Additionally, Baron-Gracie is incredibly inspired by Hole‘s Courtney Love (another woman who broke stigmas in music), and we may hear some grunge in Pale Waves‘ next release. Fingers crossed.
Pleasure Venom are a riotgrrrl act that is ready to have necessary political conversations. At the beginning of this year, lead singer Audrey Campbell offered her amazing screams, and yearning vocals on their track “Fascist,” marking the end of a reign of terror from the previous administration. You should also check out the band’s self-titled EP featuring such energetic punk tracks such as “Hive” and “Deth.”
Cherry Glazerr are a blooming experimental indie-rock band who explore a myriad of themes that are inherently feminist. Lead singer Clementine Creevy shares tracks about the patriarchy (and how to tear it down), embracing female sexuality and being true to yourself in a world that wants to keep women in a box. Their most recent release, “Big Bang,” is a must-listen for fans of Phoebe Bridgers, Soccer Mommy and other artists who encompass that raw, unapologetic indie vibe.
The Pretty Reckless
If you haven’t been paying attention to the Pretty Reckless, now is a perfect time. The Taylor Momsen-led hard-rock band just shared their new album, Death By Rock And Roll, and Momsen really shines with low growling vocals all the way to high screams and yells perfect for headbanging and letting loose. The band even worked with Tom Morello and Soundgarden‘s Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil on the new record.
PVRIS and REZZ
PVRIS‘ own Lynn Gunn teamed up with REZZ to create their cryptic EDM collab “Sacrificial” that’ll transport you through a twisted, raw atmosphere. Truly, PVRIS have been busy, having dropped the deluxe edition of Use Me in October 2020, which includes a bright synth-pop track called “Thank You” featuring RAYE. Then in December 2020, PVRIS collaborated with New York indie rockers Joywave for their Coming Apart (Remixes). Needless to say, PVRIS have been cranking out some incredible content that you have to check out for your remix fix.