Music by Girls, For Everybody

The 80's and 90's were by far the golden age of girl bands. Looking at your Spotify library now, it's likely you'll find a lack of variety in the music of contemporary female groups. Here are five girl bands of various genres to get you pining to create your own group. Girls invented punk rock, after all...

The Aces
You can’t listen to any song by The Aces without having them likened to The 1975. Crystal Ramirez (lead vocals/guitar), Katie Henderson (lead guitar/vocals), McKenna Petty (bass), and Alisa Ramirez (drums) produce songs with a vibrancy that sounds as though it's been plucked right out of an 80’s movie. Their newest single, “Baby Who,” is the perfect breakup song, combining aching lyrics with an upbeat, sunny instrumental and a groovy bass line that will leave you dancing. 

Characterized as a dark pop band, MUNA consists of Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin, and Naomi McPherson. All three members of MUNA identify as queer and have come to use their fame and identity to create mantras relatable to anyone of a similar background. MUNA’s songs are safe spaces that assert value to anyone in doubt. Their hit song, “I Know A Place,” assures listeners through lyrics like the following that even in these pressing times, you can always find safety in the right person: "They will try to make you unhappy / don’t let them / They will try to tell you you’re not free / don’t listen / I know a place where you don’t need protection / Even if it’s only in my imagination"

Based in Los Angeles, Bleached provides the perfect pop punk for this summer. Sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin and their bassist, Micayla Grace, unite to create edgy, relatable songs about ruined romances and Los Angeles nights. Their sophomore LP is out now. The raw, emotional lyrics paired with psychedelically driven melodies will make you want to belt.

Girlpool’s songs are perfect for when you just want to be alone in your room and play some tunes that make you forget about the outside world for a little while. Their newest album, Powerplant, is constructed of stagnant yet dreamy songs, as well as more cheerful, breezy songs like “It Gets More Blue.” This album will remind you of childhood days and the pains and pleasures of growing up. 

The Big Moon
This past April, The Big Moon released their debut album, Love in the 4th Dimension, a romantically loud album that is a fresh revival of the indie scene. This Britpop band combines common lyrical themes and an intense sound that will leave you loving their bold style. Be sure to give The Big Moon a listen before they set off on their next tour with Marika Hackman.

By Samantha Schraub

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