Riot Grrrl is not dead: 50 bands that push the movement forward

Collage made by me via Canva (Credits to Larissa Oliveira)

1. Sharp Violet

From left: Jessica (lead guitar); Jasmine (drums); Liz (vocals); Allison (rhythm guitar) and Marie (bass). Photo: Reproduction

Riot Grrrl is a community of strong, powerful women coming together to take back our rights and fight against injustice through punk rock music — Sharp Violet

2. Margaritas Podridas

From left: Carolina (bass and vocals); Alfonso (guitar); Esli (guitar) and Rafael (drums). Photo: Reproduction

We are not a punk band like most riot grrl bands but we are certainly a band formed originally by feminist women with the idea of it becoming an all girl grunge band but it was hard to find a girl that played drums so we met a guy named Rafael who played drums and he joined the band. Now another boy is in the band, his name is Alfonso Lopez and we were all inspired by the same bands and we identify with the message and the purpose of riot grrrl bands. To create spaces in which women are creators, artists, leaders of their bands and participate actively without men harassing or bothering them. We are all supportive of the feminist movement, us girls as feminist and the guys of course they are conscious, they care, they are informed, but they don't call themselves feminists out of respect to the movement. They understand they have another role in this fight.But I think we do fit in the category because we are a band from the north of mexico that started because me Carolina and a friend called Sofia were so into hole, babes in toyland, bikini kill, bratmobile, L7 and also Nirvana. For this reason we started the band to challenge the masculine rock industry/scene that criticizes women harder centered on their execution of their instruments rather than the art and the message of our music. We started this band with the hope to give other girls the motivation to start their bands in our city, we opened up space for ourselves, we recorded our first album Porcelain Mannequin inspired by all of these topics of violence towards women, abusive relationships, sorority, femicide, and other issues related to women such as beauty standards and eating disorders. So I guess we kind of belong there because I don’t think we identify with any other community. — Carolina Enríquez, bassist and vocalist of Margaritas Podridas

3. Cosmogonia

Current lineup of Cosmogonia: Gabriela (vocals); Maria (guitar); Andressa (bass) and Daniela (drums). Photo: Reproduction

We have never ceased to relate to Riot [Grrrl]. As women in the independent scene, in the punk counterculture, who have been fighting for gender equality. All [Cosmogonia] lineups since the 90s have been identified as Riot [Grrrls] as the basis of Cosmogonia as well as all women who have played in the band and who play today! — Cosmogonia

4. Testera

From left: Iara (drums); Chrysanthi (bass,vocals); Kopros (keyboards,vocals) and Mandy (in the front-guitar,vocals). Photo: courtesy of the band

[Testera perfectly fits in Riot Grrrl movement] by making ourselves visible, being out there, empowering women to speak up, start a band grab a microphone, a drum stick, a guitar or whatever and take space in the music scene. — Testera

5. Calico Fray

+From left: Elle (guitar, bass, mastering, backing vocals); Jess (drums, backing vocals) and Catherine (lead vocals, bass, guitar). Photo: Reproduction

I think we’ve been locally pushing the riot grrl movement on the scene by being on the lookout for the girls at our shows, promoting through our lyrics the talk about how body shaming can crush someone, how mental illness is real , sex work is real work, including women of all walks of life. We’re telling them that they have the right to be angry and that their anger should be allowed to be expressed. We also participate in the denunciation of sex offenders in the music scene and take part in as much protest for women’s right as we can. Basically if you are a machist asshole you won’t get to play with us. — Calico Fray

6. Riot Spears

From left: Svenja (backing vocals and bass); Blanca (backing vocals and drums) and Martha (lead vocals,guitar). Photo: Reproduction

Bands from the 90s riot grrrl movement like Babes in Toyland, Bikini Kill and Hole inspire us and have also shaped a lot of other great bands (even Nirvana) that inspire us, too. Listening to these songs gives us the courage to play our instruments together in a band and to feel the anger we carry within. The riot grrrls gave this anger a voice and expression and connected themselves to let this sound grow. This spirit is what we are also trying to maintain. — Riot Spears

7. Girl Gang

From left: Dana and Frankie (vocals and multiple instruments). Photo: Reproduction

We were both lucky enough to seriously get into music at the height of the Riot Grrrl movement. When you’re a girl with a guitar, you look for the other girls with guitars. We found Sleater-Kinney, L7, Bikini Kill, and similar bands pretty early on. Awesome girls doing the “boys” work was so inspiring to see. So now, as women in our 30’s we still approach every project with a DIY attitude. We make every prop for our web series, and record all the music. We play all the instruments in the studio. We never limit ourselves to what we can do. And it’s because we had this culture of badasses to look up to. The end… — Girl Gang

8. Harriers of Discord

From left: Duane (bass); Aimee (vocals and guitar) and Marcus (drums). Photo: Reproduction

So i think the biggest thing we try to do is make sure female fronted bands are being heard just as much as all boy bands. We play on a lot of bills where I may be the only girl on stage, and when people comment, like “I didn’t know you could play like that” or assume I just sing or play bass in the background, it makes me think of all the bad ass female musicians that we know that are being underrepresented because in the music scene, it’s mostly men (or so people think). So when we book shows, we always end up picking incredibly monstrous musicians to join us, and we love to lean toward female fronted/included/influenced bands, because as a woman, myself, I also want to see girls on stage, blowing me away, too. And we don’t want to exclude anyone from having a good time at a show or ever make a girl in the crowd think she can’t be the one up there, one day. And I think it’s important to make people that say things like, “oh, I don’t like girl singers” or “girl bands” or “feminazis” actually watch girl musicians. That way, when they start seeing women on stage playing, they start going to shows with an open mind and expecting a great show and actively supporting you rather in walking in and immediately underestimating you. I think our music is honestly a great bridge for that kind of stuff, because we’re heavy and fast and (only because I’ve been told 1000 times) they just don’t expect shit from me, and like so many other female musicians, you just have to pave the way to their brain and get them to stop looking at you like you don’t know what you’re doing, or stop expecting you to sing “pretty” just because your boobs are bigger than theirs. — Harriers of Discord

9. Pjs at Punkphie’s

From left: Sophie (guitar and vocals); Sofía (bass) and Sofi (drums). Photo: Reproduction

In Mexico, feminism is kind of a bitter topic. As a woman living in our country, you’re never safe. You have to survive in here, you never know IF you’re even going to get home every single time you go out. People in here expect you to be quiet, to think “boys will be boys”, they underestimate feminism and think rape, femicide and sexual assault is just a daily thing in here, and that we should just try to live with it, adapt. People don’t know the riot grrrl movement in here, punk is not that popular in Mexico. The only mexican female punk band that has gained some acknowledgement is Las Ultrasónicas in the late 90s and early 2000s until now. We think feminism and the riot grrl movement have and WILL become a very important political topic for all of us in Mexico, not only women. We stand up to them, we complain in the rawest way possible about issues that affect us directly being girls, we make music that makes them uncomfortable, we will not be quiet. — Pjs at Punkphie’s

10. Judith Judah

From left: Julie (guitar,vocals); Shay (bass) and Clém (drums,vocals). Photo: Reproduction

Judith Judah is a friends trio who tries to express their rage, life experiences and feelings in their music. So in their EP Our bodies Our choices (2019), you’ll hear songs about sexist injunctions, mansplaining, sexual harassment, toxic relationships but also friendship, keeping on fighting even when it’s hard, adelphity, sweetness and true love. To sum up, through their dark riot queer music, they’re talking (loud, really loud^^) about destroying patriarchy & capitalism, and also about the importance to care about each others because in a world full of profit and selfishness, being kind is being punk ! That’s the way where Judith Judah tries to push forward the riot grrrls movement. — Judith Judah

11. Ratas Rabiosas

Current lineup of Ratas Rabiosas, from left: May (drums); Amanda (guitar and vocals), Angelita (bass,vocals), Gio (vocals). Photo: Reproduction

In addition to the references of the bands that created and composed the movement since its beginning and to continue to send messages about women’s liberation, we think it is important that what we say is a reflection of our reality as Brazilian workers, it is a reflection of all the other violence that the system causes to female and male workers. — Ratas Rabiosas

12. Lavender Witch

From left: Delphine (vocals); Nina (guitar); beside her Nathalie (drums); in front of Nathalie, Gudrun (bass) and on her left, Anne Sophie (guitar). Photo: Reproduction

Starting a band as women and as feminists is important to offer some balance in this boy band dominated music scene and to inspire girls to pick up an instrument and start their own bands just like the early riot grrrl bands inspired us. Our songs are messages about what it feels to be a girl in our patriarchal society and that together, we can fight and change that shitty way of thinking that smells like naphthalene. We also write zines, as a band and some of us on our own, which can also fit into this DIY feminist tradition of zine-making that riot grrrl encourages. — Lavender Witch

13. Holly Lanasolyluna

Holly in 2012. Photo: Reproduction

I believe that at the heart of the riot grrrl movement is promoting (intersectional) feminism, inclusivity, and a DIY ethic, and I think my music embodies all three of these, while experimenting with unique aesthetics. I’ve always seen riot grrrl as a way of life, more than as a “genre” of music. As both a musician and co-owner of a small secret DIY live space, I want to create discussions and opportunities through music. (In the daytime, I am a university professor and work to promote equality in the themes I address with my students.) — Holly Lanasolyluna

14. The Heroine Whores

From left: Eli (bass); Martin (drums) and Tracy (guitar,vocals). Photo: courtesy of the band

Once again, girls to the front. Using their souls to empower us, now it’s time to rise again. Burn the stage, we´ll pay the price — Lyrics of Burn the stage by Heroine Whores

15. Passionless Pointless

From left: Evelyn (guitar,vocals); kate — in front (bass,backing vocals) and Jyoti (drums). Photo: Reproduction

Gender-troubled since the age of three, lived reality that you might not see , but i know something that’d be good for me, transcending anatomy —
Lyrics of Body-Negativity Demo by Passionless Pointless

16.Putan Club

From left: François (vocal and guitar); Zoé (drum and vocal) e Gianna (bass and vocal)Photo: Carlo Mazzotta

Putan Club doesn’t know if they have been pushing the [Riot Grrrl] movement. What they are sure about that the cause is huge. For example, we would have love to join the YPJ (Women’s Protection Units) or being Mujeres Libres in 1936. Militants, fighters, activists, artists: we still all are at the very first beginning of everything.The road has barely started and the assholes are all around the way. — Putan Club

17. Doña Pacha

Kathy (bass;backing vocals); Doña Chir (drums); Maritza (vocals); Ña Claudia (guitar,backing vocals). Photo: reproduction

As a band in a latin american country where the patriarchy and machismo culture reign in everyday life, being women, punk musicians and making fun of this reality is the definition of pushing forward the riot grrrl movement — Doña Pacha

18. Guitar Gabby and The TxLips Band

Gabriella “Guitar Gabby” Logan. To see the dynamic lineup of the band click here. Photo: courtesy of the artist

Absolutely! “Guitar Gabby and The TxLips Band has been pushing the riot grrrl movement by creating our own path. TxLips Band, LLC. is a collective of bad ass Black Women all around the world with the sole purpose to represent for Black Women in the music industry and remind the world that Pussy is Power, no matter how you identify. — Guitar Gabby

19. Brutal Mary

From left: Ana (guitar,vocals); Arthemys (bass,vocals). The drummer’s name is João. Photo: Reproduction

He can’t stand that you’re smarter, he can’t stand that you love your body, you can’t burn the witch anymore but if you could I swear she’d reborn — lyrics of Bruja by Brutal Mary

20. Deborah Benenati

Deborah Benenati. Photo: Reproduction

Riot grrrl is a lifestyle, is a state of mind, is a movement. I always have been fighting for female rights, lgbt+ community and black lives. When I found the riot grrrl movement a new world opened to me, I love their power, their lyrics and their attitude. Those grrrls make me feel powerful. Nobody knows me and nobody cares about my music, but when I found riot grrrl I realised that I want to scream and play my guitar and I don’t care about people’s opinions. So I started writing music and doing cover. With my music I want to share my feelings with other people and give them power. The riot grrrl movement is still important because there are a lot of grrrls like me that want to scream and end discrimination. With our power we can fight against discrimination, the male chauvinist society and rape. My music is mainly inspired by grunge, riot grrrl punk, punk and alternative rock. My makeup is inspired by Courtney Love, Kat Bjelland and other grrrls —Deborah Benenati

21. Cat Head

Cat Head’s singer Al Petroni. Photo:Reproduction

When a woman makes art and makes music, and she pursues her career, even with all the boycott, she is a riot grrrl. Look, it is evident that spaces in Art and Music are massively filled by men. And many expect you, at most, to be a groupie … and in the case of art, they expect you, at most, to be a living model. wait! I don’t see any deep problems with being a live model or groupie.You go to museums and, despite the huge range of female artists who existed and left their art (and all who are alive doing art), the spaces are still for men. And yes … there is a veiled boycott. I, from experience, tell you how difficult it is for a woman to form a band — I have been composing since I was 14 years old. With 16 years old I started trying to form and maintain a band. Today I am 35 years old, and until today I have not managed to form a band. Now why do the guys prefer to play cover bands? because they just don’t “believe” in the authorial work; over time I rethought the question “concept” band and followed a path “project” with collab, where no one is a permanent member. For instance, like Björk and PJ Harvey ended up adopting.— Al Petroni

22. 24/7 DIVA HEAVEN

From left: Karo (bass, backing vocals); Mary (drums) and Kat (guitar, vocals). Photo: Maren Michaelis

I feel so bored today, I’m a wreck, restless(?)anyway. No sex, no drugs, no color TV, nothing’s changed, no variety. My body’s burning, I feel no heat. Funeral silence is all I need. I feel so weak, trembling hands, no one can get me out of bed. Oh you are so… (2x). Touch me! (3x) please. Depression, sucker, you’re a part of me — Lyrics of Doctor Touch [transcribed by me, Idk if it’s 100% accurate]

23. Cherry & The Fever Dreams

From left: Zara (drums); Emia (guitar) and Emily (vocals). Photo: Reproduction

Riot grrrl must focus on being more inclusive to women of colour and trans women, for a healthy movement ALL riot grrrls must feel represented. The movement needs to support riot grrrls in all fields, while we love music it’s great to see those who take their ethics from the movement and apply them to their endeavours. And fellow riot grrrl bands — let’s support each other to break into the mainstream! Allow yourselves to be experimental and free thinking as you want. Cherry & The Fever Dreams are an all female band, which sadly is rare in today’s music industry and something we are set on changing — Cherry & The Fever Dreams

24. Nycolle Fernandes

Nycolle Fernandes. Photo: Reproduction

I’ve always identified myself with Riot Grrrl ever since I got to know the grunge movement. My music isn’t inherently riot grrrl because I sing in only one song and my music is not political, although I’ve been working on a riot grrrl material for the future. Also, I believe it’s super important to share women’s music and while there are many sexist male bands out there, women are being riot grrrls just for singing and playing instruments— Nycolle Fernandes

25. Bertha Lutz

From left: Rafa (bass,vocals); Carol (drums); Bah Lutz (vocals); Gabi (guitar) and Debris (guitar,vocals- she’s absent in this picture). Photo: Amanda Goes

The riot girl in Brazil has a different face and a different meaning than the US scene in the 90s. We are each day creating a new meaning of what Riot is in our lives and artistic expressions of the band. Claiming a new concept of RiotGrrrl sudaka+ black+fat+trans and dyke queer. The white and colonial riot is not up to us and in that sense we built ourselves from our “no place” — Bertha Lutz

26. Arre! Arre!

From left: Mattis (guitar); Katja (bass;vocals); Totta (drums) and Anna (guitar,vocals). The band has a new bassist called Alice. Photo: courtesy of the band

There’s nothing you can do to me that hasn’t already been done to us,there’s nothing you can say to me that hasn’t already been said to us. The weight of History is on my shoulders; we’ve been terrorized, we’ve been canonized, we’ve been burned at the stake, we’ve been crucified. We’ve seen it all — Lyrics of I Feel It All [transcribed by me, Idk if it’s 100% accurate]

27. Secondhand Underpants

From left: Fulden (vocals, guitar); Temmuz (vocals, drums) and Ceren (vocals, bass). Photo: Reproduction

Secondhand Underpants started when three of us moved to Istanbul for college. Up until that point we had been playing metal together in high school and were subject to so much sexist bullshit in the metal scene, which really hurt our self-esteem in the long run. But riot grrrl is incredibly empowering and it truly spoke to us as young women. So we started playing only for ourselves at first. Playing only for ourselves was a process of growing stronger together. We did record and self-release two EPs before I moved back to Istanbul in 2016, we had no idea if anybody heard them, because we weren’t really part of the scene at that point. Once we started playing shows we witnessed that there were a lot of women who felt validated by what we were doing and took it to heart. We were really taken aback by that. That feeling of empowerment really grew stronger as we shared it with others. So long story short, I think the way in which the band pushed forward the riot grrrl movement was through being inspired by something that happened so far away many years ago and taking it home, making it local, making it ours. We are the first (and only) Turkish band to call ourselves a riot grrrl band and that’s significant because women in punk music also wish to simply be “one of the boys.” But reclaiming the name is basically to say that we don’t need to be one of the boys, we can just be ourselves, we don’t need their scene, all we need is each other. I think riot grrrl is a bridge between the local and the global because it really resonates with us; we go through similar issues, we run up against similar walls, we are made to feel small, weak, and irrelevant. But this music is a way to fight back and open up a space for us to exist and celebrate ourselves and just create what we want to see in the world. So while it all started in the Pacific Northwest in the early 90s, it didn’t stay confined there because sexism is everywhere and so is resistance. We also have been organizing Ladyfest Istanbul since 2018 and it’s been such a great feeling having so many women on stage for that event. — Secondhand Underpants

28. Hex Poseur

Hex Poseur. Photo: Reproduction

Ooh, quiet as the night? I’m quiet as a riot! And more when you’re around, Oh, you asked me to be quiet! I’m quiet as a riot! And destined to be loud— Lyrics of Quiet by Hex Poseur

29. Proud Miranda

From left: Kathryn (guitar, vocals); Amanda (drums, vocals) and Maddy (bass). Photo: Reproduction

Born in 89 and 91, we were just teensy tiny little humans when the riot grrrl movement started. We’re lucky to have grown up in a world where our heroes have already paved a way for badass women to make their mark in the male dominated punk scene, music scene, and just life in general. The work is far from over though. Times are SCARY for anyone other than white cisgender men. It feels like in our lifetimes we’ve watched the world function like a seesaw in terms of progressiveness. This orange bumbling idiot that is our sorry excuse for a president of the United States makes everything feel so unsafe. We have to fear for our rights as queer people. Especially our trans brothers and sisters. We have to fear for people of color. For people with disabilities. For immigrants. For the poor. This is a time where we need the riot grrrl movement to live on more than ever. We want to put ourselves and others in these white boy centric spaces and shake it up and make noise. We need big voices to carry the message that we will not take any of this lying down. The whole world is a boys club and quite frankly, fuck that. — Proud Miranda

30. Fea

Letty (vocals); Jenn (bass,vocals); Phanie(drummer) and Sofi (guitar,vocals). Photo: reproduction

I hope that we would be a part of it . By being ourselves and speaking up about issues that happen to females as musicians , as minorities and some of us queer. Being visible is a statement in itself . — Fea

31. Time Bomb Girls

From left: Déia (bass,vocals); Camila (drums,vocals) and Sayuri (guitar,vocals). Photo: Reproduction

We take the Riot Grrrl movement forward as a band formed by girls in an amid a predominant male figure who takes over the stage in the underground scene, showing that we make music as good as a male band and encourage other girls to go on stage, not to feel intimidated and realize that we are equal to men and we can do what we want, when we want. — Time Bomb Girls

32. Nâmbula Mangueta

From left: Andrea(drums); Gabe (guitar and vocals) and Bruna (bass). Photo: Reproduction

I don’t need your eyes to judge mine. My heart doesn’t cry out for your passion. My skin doesn’t need your touch so vulgar. My soul does not crave your sermon. Your hostile word of censorship no longer reflects inside me
I’m not what you want, don’t come judge me for what you’re not — Lyrics of Fardo by Nâmbula Mangueta

33. Violent Vickie

Violent Vickie. Photo: Reproduction

u wanna use me, u wanna bruise me, u wanna tie me up fill me with yr love. U wanna take it ,u wanna suck it, u wanna snare me in and then leave me broken. — Lyrics of Men by Violent Vickie.

34. Clandestinas

From left: Camila (contrabass,vocals); Alline (guitar,vocals) and Natália (drums,vocals) Photo:Tatiane Silvestroni

We [Clandestinas] welcome, also as ours, the spirit of riot grrrl … we are heirs and continuers .— Clandestinas

35. Dream Nails

From left: Anya(guitar, vocals); Janey (lead vocals); Mimi (bass, vocals) and in the back, Lucy (drums, vocals). Photo: Reproduction

We’re all inspired by riot grrrl, and we use a lot of riot grrrl, feminist DIY values in our music — and the lyrics of our songs are the least of it!! From making our own handmade zines to the way we run our live shows, we live our feminism. Feminist movements are constantly changing and evolving with the socio-political context, so we’re also building on riot grrrl when we explicitly include women and nonbinary people at the front of our shows (or, more simply, men to the back)! — Janey

36. 3D punk rock

From left: Letícia (guitar,vocals); in the front is Polaca (vocals); behind her is Nico (drums) and beside is Julia (bass, vocals). Photo: Reproduction

What led me to punk rock was the socio-political and feminist engagement that it practices. Politics is in everything, including rock, and punk rock is the only style with this humanist leaning.We need to talk about feminism, inequalities and the exploitation of man over man. These issues must be on the agenda every moment of our lives and permeate our actions. — Polaca


From left: Jao (drums); Hew (vocals); Julie (guitar); Fralda (bass). Gabi is the original drummer of the group, but she’s gone to São Paulo for some time. Photo: Reproduction

I think that despite our heavier sound, there’s this whole thing of contributing to the empowerment of girls in general. — RÄIVÄ

38. Klitores Kaos

From left: Ingrid (guitar); Aline (bass); Debbie (vocals- she has quit the band recently); Josy on the couch (she has also left the band) and Nia (guitar). Photo: Victor Peixe

I hold your hand in mine! so that together we can do what I can’t, that I don’t want, that I won’t do alone! — Lyrics of Mosh Grrrl by Klitores Kaos.

39. Trash No Star

From left: Letícia (guitar,vocals); Pedro (bateria) and Felipe (bass,vocals). Photo: Diogo Carvalho

I don’t want to hear you say my name no more, I just need time to refresh my mind, I do, I do, I do — Lyrics of Antiorgasm by Trash No Star [transcribed by me, Idk if it’s 100% accurate].


From left: Mayra (guitar,vocals); Natália (vocals); Letícia in the back (drums) and Júlia (bass,vocals). Photo: Reproduction

Our body, battlefield. At work, at school. In the countryside, in the city. Moving on, in the slowest step. United women! Battle won! No aggressor shall pass! — Lyrics of Nosso Corpo by Bioma.

41. Radical Kitten

From left: Marin (bass, vocals); Marion (drums); Iso (guitar, vocals). Photo: Reproduction

The fact that we often play for free for support parties: support for squats, against the gentrification of a neighborhood here in Toulouse, in support of families of anarchist prisoners etc…We took part in organizing a weekend of concerts with an exclusively queer and rrriot stage last winter (With some bands you know by the way, Judith Judah). When we can participate to the prog, we always try to privilege the female or/and queer scene — Radical Kitten

42. Molestya

From left: Laura (guitar,vocals); Livia (drums) and Chiara (bass, vocals). Photo: Alessio Chiappalone

For us, Molestya, being a riot grrrl band means screaming out loud what we want to say regardless what all male punk bands say. In Rome there isn’t a real riot grrrl scene and there aren’t other riot grrl bands in this moment, although every punk band calls itself as feminist. Why? Perhaps hardcore bands and their supporters’ opinions are just all talk. So we started a riot band to make our voice and our point of view heard and we wish other women would do the same — Molestya

43. Riot Grrrl Sessions

From left: Tess (drums,guitar,vocals); Agnes (guitar,vocals); Frida (bass,vocals); Kajsa (guitar,vocals); Katja (synth,beats,noise); Maja (guitar,vocals); Canan (guitar,bass,vocals); Manuela -in the back-(bass,vocals); Madeleine- in front of Manuela-(synth bass,vocals); Hanna- in front of Madeleine-(drums,vocals); Klara- behind Hanna-(guitar,vocals); Nicki- beside Klara-(drums,vocals). Photo:Anna Ledin Wirén

The idea of Riot Grrrl Sessions is for riot grrrls from different bands to join forces and create music together. We expand our network, getting to know new persons (that are also musicians and songwriters). DIT — do it together instead of DIY. — Riot Grrrl sessions

44. Kinderwhores

From left: Paula (srums); Beatriz (bass,vocals); Marcela (guitar,vocals) and Thaís (guitar,vocals). Photo: Reproduction

Once the band has no authorial song yet, I retrieved a quote from their interview to the website ‘Conversa Culta’: “[…] playing Bikini Kill’s Rebel Girl always kicks some ass because the girls get loose and come up on stage to sing along with us.”

45. Special Drink

From left: Derick (drums); Gessica (guitar,vocals) Nadia (bass, vocals); in the front is Dani (guitar, vocals). Photo: Reproduction

The riot grrrl movement of the 90s brought up issues such as the free sexuality of women, the union between them and encouraged them to pick up instruments and express themselves. It was a flame that needed to be lit at that moment, the Seattle scene already had strong signs in the change of youth’s vision of the time, but it was still a movement with male majority. The Olympia girls wanted a voice and that moment of union between bands, ideals, freedom; and noise was what brought Special Drink and several other bands here. The encouragement to show their indignation against the macho and conservative society, the heavy and explicit lyrics and girls who allowed themselves to be who they were … That was what we saw and wanted to do so much, it was at that point that we identified ourselves and saw that we could also scream, play and show our ideas. And even today this flame is lit, this was the beginning of a lot of struggle and empowerment within underground rock. We,Special Drink, thank the bands that influenced us to get here. Some favorites are: Babes In Toyland, 7 year Bitch and Bikini Kill. — Special Drink

46. Versinthë99

From left: Ronan (guitar); Lise (drums); Amélie (vocals and accordion); and at the front Lola (bass). Photo: courtesy of the band

Versinthë99 follows in the wake of the Riot Grrrl movement initiated by American feminist punk in the early 90s, drawing inspiration from their messages, attitude and determination. We take the word that we are not given. We are fighting to make our voices heard and gain some visibility through independent music production, but also literary and activist production through Castor’s fanzines and webzine. We want to make feminism accessible through our music, to encourage women and all LGBTQIAP + people to associate with each other, to encourage them to create, to take action in turn. Our songs rise up against many forms of patriarchal oppression, they talk about rape, domestic violence (cover of L’hymne du MLF), witch hunts (Les filles du feu), precariousness (Précaire), call for rebellion (Riot Grrrl, Rebelles arc-en-ciel…), and especially for riot through art: poetry, graffiti, body-painting, performance, music (Vertige). — Versinthë99

47. Tuíra

From left: Hanna (bass, vocals); Juliana (drums); Amanda (guitar,vocals) and Thaís -front- (guitar). Photo: Reproduction

And what takes away all the tears in the eyes is the ability to search in me, a breath of calm and strength. There is a self of calm and strength, persistent among entrails of agony and fear — Lyrics of Crimeia by Tuíra.

48. The Anti-Queens

From left: Valerie (guitar,vocals); Emily (guitar,vocals); Taylor (bass,vocals) and Samantha (drums). Photo: MICHAELxCrusty

I ain’t got any ploys, I’m equal to the boys. Guess you could say that we’ve got 4 tits … — lyrics of Tits by The Anti-Queens

49. Chârogne

From left: Nas (guitar); Catherine (vocals); Jonathan (bass) and Sarah (drums). Photo: BLVCKGOLD

Chârogne is a feminist Punk-Rock band that is trashy-ironic-in-your-face. Ironic texts that report the inequalities between the sexes, a unique style, creaky, feminist and assumed. — Chârogne’s Facebook bio

50. Demonia

From left: Maria Fernanda (guitar); Quel (drums); Karina (vocals); Karla (bass) and Graça Isa (guitar). Photo: Luana Tayze

Our role as riot grrrls occurs through a political positioning since the beginning of the band in favor of people oppressed by society (whether due to class, race or gender) and the inclusion of these ideals in our lyrics and speeches on stage. — Demonia



Brazilian teacher, writer and zinester. I write about women in Arts. I also write for

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