Various Artists – Revenge of the She-Punks Compilation 2-CD / 4-LP and Digital Download Released September 30th 2022 on Tapete Records
Revenge of the She-Punks is an important piece of music literature written by post-punk pioneer and one of Britain’s first female music writers Vivien Goldman.
Drawing from her work within the music industry Vivien shares with the reader a feminist history of punk music, exploring the stories of bands and musicians from US, UK, India, China, Indonesia, Jamaica, and Russia, to only name a few countries.
Now Tapete Records will release a compilation album inspired by Goldman’s book featuring 28 songs by female artists from the world over and, as Vivien puts it, “whose creativity could not be stopped, and who managed to use music to mould their environment, create their own space, and live as self-actualized artists.”
The song, Fight For Our Lives, pays tribute to the global fight against femicide and gender based violence.
All proceeds from the sales of the song go to UK based Level Up. This feminist organisation is building an interactive, virtual database of femicide victims across the UK and Chile, aiming to scale up in the future.
This time around the band brought in reinforcements. Janey Starling, former lead singer of Dream Nails and co-director of Level Up, is a perfect fit and she lends her furious voice and lyrical wizardry to the feminist anthem.
Janey wrote about the origins of the International Women’s Day for the Guardian in 2019 and how it’s rooted in “working-class and migrant women’s protests against life-threatening conditions in sweatshops”.
Although all being between the ages 10 to 16, The Linda Lindas are quickly making their appearance felt. They have already opened up gigs for the legends in Bikini Kill and had a song featured in Amy Poehler’s feminist movie Moxie.
Mila is the drummer of the band and she co-wrote Sexist, Racist Boy with Eloise, the bass player. During a recent concert in a public library Mila introduced the song with a short story: “A little while before we went into lockdown, a boy in my class came up to me and said that his dad told him to stay away from Chinese people. After I told him that I was Chinese, he backed away from me. Eloise and I wrote this song based on that experience.”
Before Eloise then dropped a real heavy bass line she added in a shout:
“So this is about him and all the other racist, sexist boys in this world!”
These young musicians certainly have a successful career ahead of them in music as well as in activism. At this young age, they are using their voices to point out the injustices in the world as well as what is being done to change things for the better. In a recent Facebook post, they noted how they all wore T-shirts from Tees 4 Togo, a company, started by their idol, Kathleen Hanna of before mentioned Bikini Kill, which directs 100% of its income to Peace Sisters, a non-profit organisation that helps girls in the West African country of Togo to go to school. Click the above links to buy a tee for 40$ – that is how much it costs to send a girl to school for one year in Togo.