COOL GRRRLS IN HEAVY MUSIC

August 29, 2016

Eloise Derrett

Hayley Williams

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Hayley Williams, known for her amazing voice and brightly coloured hair, is the only remaining founding member of the American rock band, Paramore. Paramore’s introduction to the scene came with their debut album, ‘All We Know Is Falling’, released 11 years ago in 2005. Since then, Paramore has been nominated for numerous awards including four Grammys. Williams has also been an ambassador for the Hard Rock Café’s PINKTOBER (breast cancer awareness) and this year, she launched her own hair dye company called goodDYEyoung. Williams is one of the female frontrunners in the scene, leading to many other female fronted bands being compared to her band.

Siouxsie Sioux

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Fronted by Siouxsie Sioux (pronounced ‘Susie Sue’), Siouxsie and the Banshees have shaped goth culture into what it is today. They have been referred to by acts like Morrissey as one of the best bands of the late 70s/early 80s. Siouxsie and the Banshees were one of the last of the original punk bands to be signed in the late 70s and Siouxsie Sioux was one of the only women in the scene. Artists like Ana Matronic (Scissor Sisters) cite her as one of their biggest influences and she is one of the women who influenced the ‘Riot Grrrl Movement’ of the early 90s.

Laura Jane Grace

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Laura Jane Grace is the lead singer and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me! Grace is transgender, transitioning in 2012. Since then she has been an activist for the transgender community. A petition was created last year to give her a cameo in Star Wars as the first transgender person to appear in the franchise. Grace is truly inspirational, coming out and transitioning in such a public light, and she was supported by the entire heavy music community. Recently, she teamed up with Miley Cyrus and Joan Jett, for some backyard covers for Miley’s Happy Hippy Foundation. Also, her band is epic, you should check them out.

Lynn Gunn

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Lynn Gunn is one of the new kids on the block, her band Pvris (pronounced ‘Paris’) released their debut album in 2014. Gunn is openly gay and not afraid to share her thoughts on sexuality and gender equality. She wants to be a role model to young people, especially those struggling with their sexuality. Gunn’s vocals are simply divine and her band Pvris are a rock/electronic/awesome fusion. Their debut album ‘White Noise’ is great and you should definitely give it a listen.

Jenna McDougall

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The only Australian on this list, Jenna McDougall and her band Tonight Alive hail from New South Wales. McDougall is the lead singer of the band which formed in 2008. She is a happy, positive person and is trying to empower those around her. She has openly declared a war on sexism in Tonight Alive’s latest album, ‘Limitless’. It is full of self-empowering anthems like ‘To Be Free’ and ‘Oxygen’. McDougall is also vegan and outspoken about animal rights. Tonight Alive are one of my absolute favourite bands and the next time you’re feeling down, listening to ‘Limitless’ will literally make you feel limitless.

– Eloise Derrett

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