As reported by Freemuse, positive news for artistic freedom are coming out of Chile. The feminist collective LAS TESIS have had their charges dropped by their local court. The Chilean Police force originally filed a legal complaint against the collective for their use of language in their music video ‘Manifesto Against Police’, which was a collaboration with Pussy Riot.
Nathalie, the lead singer of Ukrainian indie rock band Vinok, takes the viewer on an emotional ride in the new lyric video for Elephant Girl. Underneath a hard beat and a groovy rhythm the song’s lyrics tackle the difficulty of being an outcast or being seen different from the rest. Nathalie herself has worked as a mental health professional and therapist and her experience simmers through the song as she shows her support for disabled and alienated people.
The other two members of the trio have backgrounds in journalism and experiences of living in war torn Eastern Ukraine. The band directly fights for women’s rights, disabled rights and all human rights using their music and talents as tools.
“With this song we want to give a voice especially to persons with disabilities and all those who feel like the outcasts of society.”
Check out the video for Elephant Girl below and support the band by checking out their webpage and social media:
The 40 minute film follows the band around the festival and on the way we meet members of Rise Against, Converge and others. Throughout the documentary we see thoughts on feminism, equal rights for all genders within the music industry and a cry for more diversity in the business with clips from global protests where women march for their human rights.
While these clips play, Christina says: “I can’t communicate the chronic terror of living with someone who is stronger and meaner, who can beat you everyday, but it is a reality for a lot of women.”
She takes War On Women as an example: “One of the reasons War On Women are important is exploring this rage, our rage, on record, and onstage.”
Christina continues: “when our songs, and our voices, and our riffs join the chorus, we’re stronger. Our voices together make us all louder.”
At one point Shawna Potter, frontwoman of War On Women, asks Tim McIlrath of Rise Against what feminism means to him to which he answers: “Feminism to me, is synonymous with, like, common sense. I don’t think of it as something radical.”
Christina also interviews Judas Priest touring guitarist/producer Andy Sneap, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm as well as others. Check out the full documentary below!