WOMEN THAT ROCK + HARNESS MAG – JULY ARTIST FEATURES
Angela Page is the blue-haired, cool-girl front woman of Florida punk band the Young Dead. She can be found laying it all out onstage during her electrifying performances, and head-banging front row in the pit at a Distillers show, where the team at Women That Rock first discovered her. As the front woman of the Young Dead, Angela plays rhythm guitar, sings, and pens the band’s lyrics. The band’s debut EP ‘Righteous Violence’ was released earlier this year, and highlight’s Page’s voice as the centerpiece for the album’s visceral rage and vulnerability. Formed by Page in 2012, she has called Young Dead her “first love.”
As if being a punk rock princess isn’t enough, Page is also the Founder of Love Your Rebellion, a nonprofit that empowers marginalized groups through the arts. In 2011, Page began crafting literary and art zines called ‘Love Your Rebellion.’ Now on its 10th issue, the zine has become much more than just a homemade book. In 2018, Love Your Rebellion, Inc. was established as a nonprofit, in part to help grow Page’s annual music festival, Love Your Rebellion’s Babefest. Now in its 3rd year, LYR’s Babefest features a diverse lineup of musicians. This year, the festival included two dates – one in Fort Myers, FL and the other in St. Petersburg, FL, and featured Atlanta based all-girl band The Txlips, the Young Dead and many other queer, POC, and female-fronted acts.
Love Your Rebellion is being built into a multi-disciplinary, local arts nonprofit that will serve the communities around Page’s home city of Fort Myers, FL. Love Your Rebellion will create zine workshops for teens and young adults, bring back the Fort Myers teen Battle of the Bands, and bring to life monthly punk showcases featuring bands with diverse members.
Listen to The Young Dead’s album ‘Righteous Violence’ for a dose of awesome riot grrrl vibes & catch Page live July 20th at Howl Tattoo and Piercing in Fort Myers!
Angela Page Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moxiemixtape/
Love Your Rebellion Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theyoungdead.music/
The Young Dead Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theyoungdead.music/
Emily Blue is a rare flavor of pop. Glitchy, sophisticated, and infectiously catchy, the Chicago vocalist and writer draws inspiration from Maggie Rogers, FKA Twigs, and Sylvan Esso. Her most recent release “Cellophane” (off upcoming EP “*69”) continues the wave of her signature #BubbleGumAcidPop, a trippy, cotton-candy-filled sound.
Blue proclaims herself “human cotton candy,” but the cleverness, intelligence and depth reflected in her music and character far exceeds that light, airy comparison. Blue is thoughtful, smart and vulnerable; she has also been open about her sexual identity, declaring on social media, “I am beautiful, I am powerful, I am pansexual, and I am *visible*! I believe in a world where we open ourselves to one another. We need to spread empathy and joy, and learn to listen.” Not only a super talented musician, Blue is an incredible role model.
Paste Magazine said, “Emily Blue plays sugary-sweet pop songs that will stick with you long after her session ends,” and It’s All Dead called her work “our favorite new music of 2017… Blue’s knack for melody pairs well with her glitch pop arrangements and unique take on relationships and life.”
Blue’s love of quirk and color comes full circle in the many visuals for her music. The neon paradise depicted “Rico Acid,” which was featured in Elevator Magazine, and the cartoon-like 50s housewife misadventure featured in the video for her single “Cellophane,” which was released via Audiofemme and whch Mild Sauce called “eye-popping.”
Look out for a very packed 2018 for Blue, whose future includes a newer, stranger EP. Her new album ‘*69’ comes out August 8th, 2018.
Music video for “Cellophane” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sopIf3KVQyM
Jess Louise Dye
Jess Louise Dye is the rainbow-haired leader of buzzing Brooklyn band High Waisted. Formed spring 2014, High Waisted is a surf rock band with pop sensibilities and an affliction for rock and roll. Named “best party band” by GQ Magazine, every High Waisted show is a celebration; lo-fi fuzzy bass, reverb drenched guitars and radiant harmonies mesh to create the melodies of your wave-crashed daydreams. Dye’s quirky, 60’s garage rock aesthetic is re-imagined from the nose of a surfboard, making High Waisted feel like a summer’s dream.
Their 2016 debut album ‘On Ludlow,’ was recorded at Dreamland Studio in Woodstock, NY and has garnered the band praise by outlets like Billboard, Nylon, Consequence of Sound, Noisey, Paste and NME. They’ve continuously sold out NYC venues, but are also known for organizing and promoting their own shows in unexpected locations like yachts, warehouses and rooftops.
UPROXX debuted the music video for their song ‘Firebomb,” which they called “a true rocker reminiscent of the best parts of Hole and The Distillers…. Jessica Dye [pays] homage to powerful frontwomen of the 90’s.” Dye declared, “This video is about the struggle to find the confidence to be your boldest self. It’s sex-positive and celebrates female strength.”
Dye also moonlights as a DJ, and recently collaborated with Women That Rock on a special PRIDE concert & party at new venue Coney Island Baby in Manhattan’s East Village June 19th. The evening was a special installment of Dye’s new queer dance party series ‘Femme Fatale’ at the club. She will also be the special guest DJ at Women That Rock’s GIG LIKE A GYRL showcase July 13th at Brooklyn Bazaar, spinning tunes between sets by a killer lineup of female punk rock bands including GYMSHORTS, Sharkmuffin, MONTE, Sister Munch, Lady Bits and Strange Parts. High Waisted plays July 20th at The Bell House in Brooklyn and August 15th at Alphaville.
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