Miss the brat-punk sprit of Joan Jett in the 70s? It’s alive and well in today’s rising rebel girls
Last week, cult rebel icon Joan Jett was immortalized in Dazed 100 photographer Petra Collins’ portrait series for Levis. Leaning against an orange-tinged window in a leather jacket, and staring off into the middle distance, Joan looked every bit as explosive as the anarchic, glitter-soaked mid-seventies, when she thrashed a guitar about as a fifteen-year-old in The Runaways, America’s first ever all-girl rock band.
Of course, it wasn't just her music that made waves, but her black, whiskey-and-Marlboro West Hollywood style. Ever since The Runaways came and went in a shower of scuffed, skin-tight flares and half-smudged eye shadow, there's been a continuous avalanche of riotous girl bands, from the post-punk brilliance of the Slits, to the bile-fuelled screams of Bikini Kill all the way through to grrrl punk trio Skinny Girl Diet. But what about the new wave of teen rebel bands, picking up guitars before they’ve managed to burn their high school textbooks on the last day of school? We take a look at some of the emerging young noisemakers that you should be turning up to 100, because as Kim Gordon once taught us: "Girls invented punk rock, not England".
There’s more than a hint of Cherie Currie about L.A. trio Cherry Glazerr’s effortlessly cool ice-blonde frontwoman Clementine Creevy, but their sound is sludgier and more honeyed than their glam-rock predecessors. “I have all these crazy pains, when’s this shitty party going to dissipate?” she sings over crashing symbols and reverb-drenched guitar in “White’s Not My Color This Evening” (below) in a not-so-subtle ode to that hellish monthly cycle. Also, remember that time they soundtracked Saint Laurent?
Twelve-year-olds from the Lake District aren’t the first people you expect to make the most thrashing, stormy pop music of the summer but that’s just because when you were twelve you were watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and trying to imitate Britney Spears. “Right now I feel like exploding” they sing over circular, fuzz-filled guitar. Their debut album, the cutely titled Smells like Tween Spirit will be released later this month via Fierce Panda. Oh, and there’s seven of them.
Kohl-eyed Brooklyn teen and Dazed 100 alumnus Julia Cumming was playing bass and fronting scuzzy psych-punk band Sunflower Bean long before she was walking the runway for Saint Laurent. With those frenzied drumbeats, that gut-wrenching guitar and those shrieking vocals, she puts the angst in summertime and makes you want to paint your nails back to black.
Raucous surf rock girls Chastity Belt might have passed the cusp of teen, but they still fret about teen concerns like “pussy, weed, beer” or when the next good party might be. We love them because they once cited Nickleback as an influence, with singer Julia Shapiro saying: “Nickleback is the most inspiring band for me, because they’re everything that music should not be."
Indie label Burger Records are well known for their DIY West Coast aesthetic and no-holds-barred flood of cassette tapes. Buried amongst their brightest talents are Sacramento teen sisters Dog Party, whose bratpunk riffs and muddy chords sound like a sneaky smoke behind the bike shed at break. Fun fact: both are about to appear in the follow up to the1998 low-budget cult classic SLC Punk! entitled SLC Punk 2!