When Frightwig first entered my consciousness in the mid ’80s, they struck me as a female Butthole Surfers—which is a fine thing to be struck by. The San Francisco band’s 1984 debut album, Cat Farm Faboo, flared into rude action with a feral, blown-out blues-rock that flashed plenty of middle fingers to decorum and male chauvinism. Faster, Frightwig: Kill!! Kill!! built upon the band’s bravura rock insubordination, and the Russ Meyer allusion reinforced their badass attitude. Frightwig reformed in 2012 after an 18-year hiatus, and the current lineup features Deanna Mitchell, Mia d’Bruzzi, Cecilia Kuhn, Rebecca Sevrin, and… former Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band/Residents/Pere Ubu member Eric Drew Feldman. Very interesting. Go and let Frightwig get your panties into a righteous twist. DAVE SEGAL - Seattle Stranger
Some bands make pretty videos with happy lights, nice smelling colors and oh-so-crucial ‘action’ shots.
Some bands only sing about the birds and the bees and the light, fluffy naughtiness of frivolous lives spent in blissful twee-mode.
Some bands only play safe, cheerful, happy-happy-boom-boom-cha-cha-cha!
But some bands still give a shit enough to sing about real issues in real lives in the real world.
Frightwig, the legendary and seminal punk rockers from San Francisco, the ladies who put the ‘grrrrrr’ in riot grrrl, scratch that, the ladies who goddam-well WERE all that shit and more before it was even a genre, have decided to make a tune about the elephant in the room. The elephant that is the current crack-down on women, women’s rights and women’s choice. It would’ve been easy to buzz out two and a half minutes of fuzzy punk rock with a whole slew of screaming, and it would’ve been easy to make the video some wicked sweaty bit of eye-candy.
But what about the story? What about this “War On Women”? When did it start? What’s going on? Who stood tall and proud and who continues to do? Well, when you watch the entire piece, made for less dough than a tray of Kanye’s wedding canapes, sit back and enjoy the educational ride. Soak up the news, feed off the lyrics and sink into the energy which crescendos into everything Frightwig stands for and all that Frightwig’s dynamic post-punk sound is about.
So yeah, if you tuned into “War On Women” expecting ladies wearing bacon dresses slaying dragons while hot Chippendale dancers trip the light fantastic in Narnia, then you my friend are S-O-L. But if you really really wanna now what the “War On Women” is, then hallelujah, you have found your place!
Spread the word and spread it fast. And make sure you come and HEAR that message LIVE when we come to your neighborhood on our West Coast tour. There’ll be message, madness, music, male strippers and unicorns, because in case you didn’t know, that’s the way us bad-asses fucking rock’n’roll!
No excuses. Look, listen, learn, laugh and love the ‘Wig this summer.
IN THIS CRAZY WORLD, REJOICE! FRIGHTWIG ARE BACK! WEST COAST TOUR ANNOUNCED FOR JUNE! PLUS A RELEASE OF A NEW 45 RECORD!
Frightwig are currently booking shows in Eugene, Ore., Portland, Ore., Seattle, WA., and Vancouver, B.C., we are interested in working with you!
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
With the world teetering towards further chaos, it is the perfect time for the original muse of riot grrl to return in all their loud, proud, pioneering-punk rock glory.
Frightwig! The band that influenced and opened international doors for everyone from L7 to Bikini Kill, are back!
Frightwig! The band who have played with the crème de la crème of alternative bands from the Butthole Surfers to The Jesus and Mary Chain to Redd Kross to Sonic Youth, are back!
Frightwig! The band who told you it was a “Crazy World” we live in, who made clear they knew that “A Man’s Gotta Do What A Man’s Gotta Do” and who roared at you that “My Crotch Does Not Say ‘Go’” are back!
Frightwig are releasing two new songs, a 45 record of “Hear What I Say” and “War on Women”. These powerhouse songs are needed for this day in time. Rise Up!
Frightwig released an EP titled ‘Hit Return’ in December 2013, which contains four previously recorded favorites plus one new tune, “Crawford’s Song”.
Frightwig’s line-up consists of Deanna Mitchell on bass & vocals, Mia d’Bruzzi on guitar & vocals, Cecilia Kuhn on drums, vocals. Plus the addition of keyboardist (and producer) Eric Drew Feldman, whose work with Captain Beefheart, PJ Harvey, The Pixies and Frank Black, makes him a boy worth letting in!
Frightwig will be featured in upcoming Punk Rock documentary by Timothy Crandle and Starling Cinema:
Check them out: www.wearewoman.us
We Are Women will be holding a huge and important rally Saturday September 13, 2014 in Washington D.C. in support of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Event Details at facebook.com/events/1380599535520791
About We Are Woman:
Our vision is to be leaders in driving positive change to protect the rights of women and families, to contribute to reversing anti-woman legislation throughout the United States and ratify the ERA
We Are Woman is a national advocacy group of individual community members and volunteer agencies coming together as a coalition to improve the rights of women and families by coordination of actions directed at specific anti-women groups, legislators, corporations and any other threat to the welfare of women and families,and to encourage and increase the number of activists supporting the equality of women.
- All citizens have the right to have equal access to healthcare
- We are all created equal
- We are successful through collaboration and coalitions working together
- A genuine concern for individuals
What Makes Us Different?
- We do not compete with other organizations
- We facilitate success with joint programs and actions.
- We have unifying capabilities, support and commitment from every member agency.
- We have the respect of the community.
- Other organizations rely on WAW to facilitate collaboration, action and convene stakeholders around the issues to work towards resolution.
Frightwig will be releasing the first 2 new songs off of their new album on vinyl!
The new single featuring the gender-politic commentaries “War on Women” and “Hear What I Say”, will be released in June, 2014. It will be available through our website, and also be downloadable through iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon.
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