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Song Of The Day: Juanita Tres Cosas By Sin Lencería

One barely needs to hear the music to understand that this protest song is made by and for women. The illustrated cover image says it all with the young girl in kung fu clothing, handling both the football and the inked skateboard while not giving a crap about what anyone thinks about her. Just like how boys were lucky enough to grow up.

Juanita Tres Cosas is a punk rock anthem made for young girls around the planet who believe (and rightly so) that they can fight the same fight and do the same things as the boys they grew up next to. ‘Juanita tres cocos’ (Juanita three testicles) is a common Chilean saying that degrades and makes fun of “masculine girls”.

Sin Lencería, took that, twisted it, owned it and made this song.

“Juanita Tres Cosas is a song about growing up being a girl that doesn’t fit girly standards. While people expect little girls to play with dolls or look nice all the time, there’s a lot of others that prefer sports and play in the mud and sometimes that makes them suffer bullying. So this is a song dedicated to them (and also our own younger selves) to remind us that gender shouldn’t define what we can or can’t do!”

“Juanita Tres Cosas
no te dejes deprimir
Las niñas también tienen
Libertad de decidir”


Juanita Tres Cosas
don’t allow yourself to be depressed
girls also have
the freedom to choose

The illustrated design for Juanita Tres Cosas comes in part from the band members’ experiences as kids as well as from the stereotypes they witnessed around them as girls and later as women in society.

“One of us wanted to play karate as a kid but her family put her in ballet instead because it was more ‘feminine’, another wanted to play football, but in the 90’s there wasn’t a female football team to join, and the other always loved skating, but sometimes skirts and dresses got in the way. So that’s why in the cover there’s a girl with a karate uniform, a ball and a skateboard, because she represents what we wanted to be as kids.”

https://sinlenceria.bandcamp.com/

3 Songs Supporting The LGBT Battle in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland people who love certain people have had a rough time so far and at this moment those people can not be blamed for finding the future looking a bit bleak in their country.

The two main parties are not exactly the best of friends and seeing how there was a civil war in the land ending only 20 years ago many wounds have not healed.

Currently same sex marriage is not legal in Northern Ireland despite decades of campaigning and the issue of abortion is still a fight.

For more information on related human rights issues and campaigns in Northern Ireland visit:

Rainbow Project
Belfast Pride
LGBT Northern Ireland
Cara Friend

Also check out Northern Ireland’s first LGBT radio station, JUICE 103.8 FM out of Belfast.

Josh Gray (interview)

dOut of one of the meccas of music, Nashville, comes one Josh Gray. While working hard on his second album he was kind enough to answer a few questions about his music and lyrics.

 

Firstly, who is Josh Gray?

I’m an Americana Singer-Songwriter in Nashville. I grew up in Maryland and moved down a little over two years ago. My songs are very lyric focused, that’s my main interest.

 

When did you first discover that music could be a tool to get a message across?

I started listening to a lot of punk and hardcore in high school. There are tons of bands with messages in those scenes, straight-edge, anti-racist etc. When something interests me I have a habit of researching it’s roots. So I traced people speaking out in music back to folk music and then blues. I got really into both of those genres and they’ve influenced me a lot.

 

How important is it for you to write socially conscious or political lyrics?

I seem to be on a path of having socially conscious songs on each of my albums. Granted I’m only on album two right now but it’s not a bad path to be on. First and foremost, I’m concerned with staying true to myself. Anyone who knows me knows I speak my mind so it only makes sense that I’d do the same in my songs. If I have a strong opinion about something then it’ll likely make its way into one of my songs at some point. At the same time, I’d never force myself to write social or political lyrics if I didn’t feel them.

 

“This city is a great home-base and a great place to network with other musicians and create music. But if you want to find success you won’t find that sitting in any city, you have to hit the road.”

 

What are some of the things you explore in your writing?

When I sit down to write I let my mind wander and see where it takes me. I almost never sit down and say today I’m going to write about this, it doesn’t work that way. I’ve written songs about love, loss, mortality, police brutality, homelessness, high-speed car chases, westerns and many more topics. I try to keep it interesting for myself and challenge myself to create something I haven’t done before.

 

How is the music scene around you? I imagine Nashville has a vibrant music community?

Nashville has a great scene and the average talent level I would say is higher here than most places. I think a lot of people have misconceptions about this city. They dream of coming here and getting discovered in some little bar. For the most part everyone who has success has earned it through years of work. This city is a great home-base and a great place to network with other musicians and create music. But if you want to find success you won’t find that sitting in any city, you have to hit the road.

 

Have you noticed an increase in protest music in the last years in Nashville, or elsewhere?

Nashville is known for country music and there are a few artists speaking their mind. But it’s few and far between and when someone does say something it’s usually pretty vague. Managers and labels will tell you it’s not good for your brand. The mainstream thing to do is write lyrics that anyone with a pulse can relate to. Country music in America is by far the most nationalistic genre. It’s funny but often the people who see themselves as the most patriotic are the first to chastise you for using your right to free speech.

 

Do you partake in activism outside the music?

I make it out to as many protests and marches as I can. I think it’s very important to have your numbers be seen. When people are online they’re in their own little bubble and it’s easy to think there’s no opposition. I believe in equality and justice and I’ll fight for that in any way I can.

 

Can you share with us some of your favorite political musicians, current or not?

Some of my favorites are Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs and Neil Young.

 

What is on the horizon for you?

Towards the end of the year I have a new full length album coming out that I’m excited about. Ten new songs and one of them being “Darkest Before the Dawn”. It’s a very blunt protest song, I don’t mince words. It’s probably been the hardest to write of all the songs I’ve written. It focuses on a number of injustices, I actually had to cut a couple verses for length. It’s tough when you can’t possibly say everything you want to in one song. I can’t expect an audience to sit with me for three days while I rant at them with my guitar though haha. Unlike my first album this one will have more of a full band sound. I’m envisioning one song at least to feature piano instead of guitar. Part of the fun of music is not doing the same thing all the time and challenging yourself.

 

Thank you very much for participating and for the music. Anything else you would like to shout from the rooftops?

Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way. I’m looking forward to releasing this new album and seeing you on the road wherever you may be!

 

 

 

 

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