Frightwig “Now & Then” Cassette tape available now from Weiner Records!
Hear What I Say
War On Women
A Man’s Gotta Do What A Man’s Gotta Do
My Crotch Does Not Say Go
Released 2015 on Weiner Records
What is happening in San Francisco right now might be a snapshot of what is happening in America. The tech money that has come in here, and the way that San Francisco is handling it, is screwing a lot of poor people really hard and in a really bad way. It is ruining people’s lives. We are losing a really important part of San Francisco culture. I feel outnumbered as someone who came up here when I was 16, and as a working class person. I can’t afford to shop at these shops, or eat at these restaurants. If I didn’t have rent control, God forbid I should lose it, I couldn’t afford to stay here. None of my life would be possible… All I can do is write a song about it.
Reviews of L7 show at the Regency Ballroom 8/28/15:
“Opening the show was the quintessential San Francisco punk rock band Frightwig, who once again proved to be the perfect choice to open the show, just as when they played with Faith No More a few months earlier. Led by the thundering bass tone of Deanna Mitchell, the glorious noisy guitar of Mia Simmans, and the pounding drumming of Cecilia Kuhn, the band put on a set of songs that surely had more than a few old schoolers in the crowd flash back to see the band tear up the On Broadway, Mabuhay Gardens or the Tool and Dieback in the day.
National Rock Review photographer Raymond Ahner was on hand to report.” – National Rock Review
“Last night TEENAGE NEWS caught Frightwig at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. It was a perfect show that no true “Punk” shoulda missed. Frightwig are original gangsters, the true pioneers behind the Riot Grrrl Movement. Their debut album “Cat Farm Faboo” gives Punk a knockout punch and establishes Girl-Art.
TEENAGE NEWS doesn’t give half a shit what you think, Frightwig is San Francisco’s most ferocious and talented band. It is time to bow down or die.
Frightwig’s set was too short… They should have headlined the gig; the crowd was left salivating and begging for more. The band is tight and better than ever. Don’t miss them because you need your life changed. They give you salvation, and (most likely) will absolve you of your sins.
Last night, Frightwig played most of their hits, and even if you don’t know their songs their hooks force you to sing along.
…Mia absorbs the underground of her being, and shreds her guitar harder than heavy metal and faster than Punk. Holy cow… her guitar makes so many different noises in every song you think she is playing three guitars at once. You can catch her regularly at San Francisco Farmer’s Markets. Don’t miss it! Support “local,” damnit.
Frightwig is intimidating. They use their knowledge from the past to be combative in the future. Frightwig puts you in Space where you are free from Control. Don’t forget: they are San Francisco’s most ferocious and talented band.” – Teenage News
“…How appropriate then that these metallic-punk heroines got support from San Francisco’s own Frightwig. Coming up with the rest of the city’s punks in the early ’80s, the (mostly) female band morph from punka-boogie to psychedelic garage pop to arty spoken-word. The members swapped instruments just as easily, as when drummer Cecilia Lynch-Kuhn got up from her drum set to sing “I’ll Talk To You And Smile,” ostensibly about a child molester whose victim later becomes a prostitute. Gesticulating wildly as she groan-sang “I know what you did ….” the bizarrest moment was the outro where Lynch-Kuhn signed the lyrics as if to a hearing-impaired audience. Whatever the symbolism, some could relate. Later on, according to L7’s Finch – a one-time SF resident with former roommate Courtney Love – “[Frightwig] got me through some really hard times.” – SF Weekly
Frightwig @ Folsom St. Fest 2014. photos by Barry Barbour-Duncan.
Mon 9/8 – Brooklyn, NY – The Knitting Factory
Tues 9/9 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Weds 9/10 – Long Branch, NJ – The Brighton Bar
Fri 9/12 – Baltimore, MD – The Sidebar
Sat 9/13 – Wash DC – We Are Women Constitution Day Rally,
West Lawn, Capitol Building
Haven’t heard of Frightwig? Here is their Herstory:
Birthed in 1982 by Deanna Mitchell and Mia d’Bruzzi, Frightwig invented the template for the Riot-grrl phenomenon that followed over a decade later. Funny, funky and furious, Frightwig produced the full-length albums Cat Farm Faboo (Subterranean Records 1984) and Faster Frightwig Kill Kill (Caroline Records 1986), as well as the EP Phone Sexy (Boner Records 1988). The first two LPs were re-released as the double album Wild Women Never Die… (Southern Records 1994).
Frightwig has widely been credited as one of the most original, intense and fearless feminist bands by musicians, critics and fans alike.
After taking a hiatus from live performance, Frightwig has now returned with a vengeance to the center stage. Presenting an all-star line-up which features founding members Deanna Mitchell (the Mouthiest Woman Alive) on bass, “they broke the mold” Mia d’Bruzzi on guitar and secret weapon “Saint” Cecilia Kuhn on drums. Frightwig has taken a man into the fold, this is the legendary Eric Drew Feldman who has recorded, performed, produced and toured with Captain Beefheart, Snakefinger, Frank Black, Pere Ubu, PJ Harvey and Knife & Fork amongst others. Frightwig has never sounded better.
Check out Frightwig’s new video “War On Women” on YouTube, released July 2014. Which will be available as a self-released vinyl 7” along with the new song “Hear What I Say,” and will be distributed by MRI Entertainment on 9/16/2014
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