Women On Vox is our series highlighting talented ladies in music by tipping over 100 brilliant bands where women take centre stage.
Today’s installment shifts our focus onto some of the fieriest women we know, with 25 bands from genres including punk, grunge, riot grrl and alternative rock.
Some of our Part 3 picks use their platform to highlight important issues or execute a political statement, while others – including a couple of fluffier selections at the end – simply record infectious, riff-heavy music.
We’ve again included profiles for all of our choices by FEISTY editor and Women On Vox curator Katy Blackwood, vital statistics on every band, and discographies listing all of the releases you’d need to collect their essential output.
For more details on the selection process behind Women On Vox and what to expect in the final two chapters, plus our opening picks, see Monday’s Part 1. Part 2, featuring a sugarier alt-pop selection, was published on Tuesday.
Read on for the full third installment, or alternatively skip straight to the sounds with our full Spotify playlist:
In a sentence: Garage rock from two of the leading women in music, featuring bruising guitar tones, invading blues influences and rousing, turbulent vocals from Lindsey Troy.
We’ve picked: Smile More, the second single and bonafide anthem of sophomore album Femejism is the perfect way to open our list.
Selected discography: Albums – Femejism (2016), Sistronix (2013); Singles – End Of The World / Hobo Playa (2012)
In a sentence: Robust, sharply-cut alternative rock from a Welsh band that dislike being labelled as punk while nonetheless capturing much of its energy and spirit.
We’ve picked: Glasgow Kisses from last year’s Cold Wash AA-side. Early single Make a Man is also excellent.
Selected discography: EPs – She’s Here Now (2016), Whoever She Was… (2015); Singles – Cold Wash (2017), Strobe Lights (2017), Drop (2016), Make A Man (2015), C-C-Cariad (2014)
In a sentence: Rarely seen outside of their matching outfits, Hey Charlie play infectious grunge-pop with sugary dual harmonies and potent guitar lines.
We’ve picked: Love Machine, their first contribution to 2018. It isn’t a Girls Aloud cover, by the way.
Selected discography: EPs – Young & Lonesome (2017); Singles – Love Machine (2018), Hey (2017)
In a sentence: Instrument swapping grunge scene favourites that get better with every release, organisers of next month’s Falsetival event in Manchester, and a solid live band to boot.
We’ve picked: Not My Fault, from their I Would Be So Much Happier If I Just Stopped Caring EP.
Selected discography: Albums – False Advertising (2015); EPs – I Would Be So Much Happier If I Just Stopped Caring (2017), Brainless (2016); Singles – Give It Your Worst / Scars (2016)
In a sentence: London prospects flaunting a stainless take on alternative rock that’s less raspy than others in favour of a more tuneful, yet equally riff-ready, approach.
We’ve picked: Wild Vow, a standalone single put out last year. Their most recent single, Faults, appeared in February.
Selected discography: EPs – Those Funny Things (2016); Singles – Faults (2018), Wild Vow (2017)
In a sentence: A riotous East Midlands upstart producing both fractious garage pop and, more recently, in-your-face punk.
We’ve picked: 2017’s Control. For a different angle, check out early track Snake Tongue, currently only available on SoundCloud.
Selected discography: EPs – Control (2016); Singles – Stanford (2017), Control (2017), Fixation (2015), Snake Tongue (2015)
In a sentence: A brash punk collaboration between Blood Red Shoes’ Laura Mary Carter and Miss World’s Natalie Chahal.
We’ve picked: Mummy’s Boy, the first of two singles, both released last year. Sadly, we understand that the project has already reached its conclusion for the moment.
Selected discography: Singles – I Don’t Wanna Die (2017), Mummy’s Boy (2017)
In a sentence: Punk scene titans using their considerable platform to speak about issues including consent, sexual violence and harassment in the music community.
We’ve picked: Barbed single Touch Me Again, from 2016’s Talk Of Violence album.
Selected discography: Albums – Talk Of Violence (2016); EPs – Some Thing (2016), Petrol Girls (2014)
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In a sentence: A modern day riot grrl triumph from sisters Delilah and Ursula Holliday, featuring DIY-styled production and a biting expression of feminist social commentary.
We’ve picked: Yeti, the opening track proper from their Heavy Flow debut album.
Selected discography: Albums – Heavy Flow (2016); EPs – Reclaim Your Life (2015), Skinny Girl Diet (2013), Girl Gang State Of Mind (2013); Singles – Skinny Girl Diet (2013)
In a sentence: Formed by young feminist activists, Dream Nails are four arresting, self-proclaimed punk witches creating spiky music that’ll stick around in your head.
We’ve picked: Tourist from last year’s Dare To Care EP, although they’re best known for their anti-Trump statement Deep Heat.
Selected discography: EPs – Dare To Care (2017); Singles – Double A Side (2018), Bully Girl (2016), DIY (2016), Deep Heat (2016)
In a sentence: Taking their name from the Norwegian for “The Queen”, Dronningen bill themselves as electro-rock, binding brisk riffs and danceable beats with Beatrice Bonnano’s thistly vocal snarl.
We’ve picked: Sugarbox, taken from the EP of the same name.
Selected discography: EPs – Sugarbox (2017), Royal Riot (2016), Carry On Dancing (2014)
In a sentence: Phenomenal alternative rock from a Canadian four-piece with a uniquely gloomy sound thanks to Katie Monks’ gravelly vocals.
We’ve picked: Purple Rage from Sore, released back in 2015. The band are finally in the studio, so we’re hopeful of new material this year.
Selected discography: Albums – Sore (2015), EPs – fkkt (2016); Singles – Know Yourself (2016), Gender Role (2015), Candy Mountain / Green (2014), Alexander (2013)
In a sentence: Acutely lo-fi duo from Leeds that produce noisy pop, hefty rock laments and, most notably, frantic punk rock.
We’ve picked: Berlin, the hectic lead single from debut album Seafoam. If you’d like to check out their fuzzy pop side, try Lights and Sounds.
Selected discography: Albums – Seafoam (2017); EPs – Sad (2016), Kamikaze Girls (a.k.a. The Girl Gang Sessions) (2014); Singles – Tonic Youth (2015)
In a sentence: The unmistakable sound of U.S. West Coast punk from a breezy twosome that count Green Day among their famous fans.
We’ve picked: Gold Medal, from last year’s AA-side single on Uncool Records.
Selected discography: Albums – Sorry, Mom (2016); EPs – Grimester (2016); Singles – I Think I Should Makeout With Other People (2018), Methatonin / Gold Medal (2017)
In a sentence: Heated alternative rock from Dublin, typified by grungy riffs and at their best when Lizzie Fitzpatrick turns up the vocal intensity.
We’ve picked: Syncope, released as a single last April. We’re also pretty partial to Clutch and their stark early effort TMJ.
Selected discography: Singles – Of Heart (2017), Wolfstooth Reloaded (2017), Syncope (2017), Clutch (2017), TMJ (2015), Breed (2015), Wolfstooth (2015)
In a sentence: Consciously capturing the graininess of their live sound in their studio work, The Franklys are unvarnished alternative rock with a spry hint of garage-punk.
We’ve picked: Castaway, the opening track from their Are You Listening? debut album.
Selected discography: Albums – The Franklys (2017); EPs – The Franklys (2013); Singles – What You Said (2014)
In a sentence: Overcast, politically-fuelled indie rock with shades of alt-country from one of the leading lights of a riotous London scene that stirs as vociferously as ever.
We’ve picked: Latest single The Man, released at the beginning of February. Their 19-track debut album is released in April.
Selected discography: Singles – The Man (2018), Scream (2017), Cracker Drool (2017), Crow Cries / Mighty Despair (2017), Scum (2016), Country Sleaze (2016)
In a sentence: Charming noise pop from the unlikely climes of Russia, via the awesome PNKSLM label, from a band first formed as a bedroom pop project by Sarah Persephona aged 15.
We’ve picked: Tie Me Up from Teenage Movie Soundtrack is our favourite, but Ripped Jeans from the same EP is the best fit for our playlist.
Selected discography: EPs – Demos To Rowland S. Howard (2016), Teenage Movie Soundtrack (2016), PALE (2015), Sacred Holidays (2013); Singles – IDK How (2015), Saint-Brooklynsburg Mixtape (2014)
In a sentence: Unconformist, occasionally discordant, sometimes plain daft Swedish solitary producing uncluttered music that she personally describes as “anti-pop”.
We’ve picked: Sugar Town, featured on both EP 2 and debut album Fish. Tropics and Oh Me I’m Never are two other favourites from her relatively prolific body of output.
Selected discography: Albums – Fish (2017); EPs – This Is It (2018), EP 2 (2017), ShitKid (2016)
In a sentence: Jagged garage rock with a tinge of punk thrown in, recorded with straggly DIY vigour for influential Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess’ independent label.
We’ve picked: Careless Again, the single we described as a “surefire epic” last year.
Selected discography: EPs – VINYL01 (2017), TEAR (2015); Singles – Never Fade Away (2017)
In a sentence: Grubby rock fuzz, dominated by dirty guitar lines and long instrumental breaks just as much as it is by Rebecca Ryskalczyk’s untamed, revealing vocals.
We’ve picked: Finger It Out, the wonderfully bedraggled single from their Party Naked Forever album.
Selected discography: Albums – Party Naked Forever (2017); EPs – Docking (2015), Grow Up (2014)
In a sentence: A proper British rock band, packing in meaty riffs and dual, interweaved vocals from frontwomen Anya Pulver and Tina Maynard.
We’ve picked: No Fire, a weighty single from the back end of last year.
Selected discography: Singles – No Fire (2017), Left Living (2017), Pass Out (2015); EPs – What Separates Us (2017)
In a sentence: Scotland’s snappy answer to the pop-punk of America’s Warped Tour.
We’ve picked: Target Practice, first released in 2012 and later remixed for last year’s self-titled debut album.
Selected discography: Albums – VUKOVI (2017); EPs – Sweet Swears (2012), …But I Won’t Wear You Again (2012), It Looked So Good On Me… (2011); Singles – Boy George (original, 2016), Animal (original, 2016), Bouncy Castle (original, 2015), So Long Gone (2014)
In a sentence: Empowering pop-punk from the Nordics, taking aim at the patriachy in the catchiest of ways.
We’ve picked: Nancy Drew, the punchiest single from last September’s debut album Try Not To Freak Out.
Selected discography: Albums – Try Not To Freak Out (2017); EPs – Empire Records (2016), Sponge State (2016); Singles – Shave My Head (2015), Angst (2014)
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In a sentence: Bizarro synth-driven punk from Finland that sounds just as nutty as their name suggests.
We’ve picked: Bambi Act, featured on their new album Jazzbelle 1984 / 1988.
Selected discography: Albums – Jazzbelle 1984 / 1988 (2018), Teenage Sweetheart (2015); EPs – American Heartbreaker High School Girls (2014); Singles – Taxidermia / Moron (2016), Grey Panthers / Junkyard (2014)