If you’ve ever wondered what grrrl punk from Malta sounds like, meet Cryptic Street! This band is a four-piece musical riot, ready to rock patriarchal ears! They’re the perfect example of an international group you’ve maybe not yet heard (because they live over 5,000 miles away from the U.S. on a small island!), but NEED TO! With manic panic colored hair, wild eyes and big smiles, they’re boldly rocking the stage and serving up psychedelic punk madness fresh out of their DIY framework. From their humble Maltese roots, these ladies are gearing up to take over the world.
In just their late teens and early 20’s, the ladies of Cryptic Street have already established themselves as one of the most sought-after, popular groups in Malta, where they perform to crowds of enamored fans. The Cryptic ladies broke out in an uproar in 2016, catapulting their fiery personalities into musical overdrive and exposing a new era for the band. It was then that these ladies crafted the knicker-twisting yet introspective stylings they are known for today.
Cryptic Street took this sound on a test-run during their 2016 Barcelona, successfully cementing the band’s direction. These infectious globe-trotters continued sweeping audiences off their feet as they marched across Spain and the UK, supporting Acid Mothers Temple and Pins on tour. In 2017, the ladies decided to record an album with the aid of producer David Vella (Rammstein, Siousxie and the Banshees). This resulted in ‘Titty Monster,’ a tantalizing burst of punk attitude with a dash of psychedelic conflict and hell-raising fun.
Louder Than War said, “These girls most certainly mean business with their attitude-ridden, energetic drive and uncompromising approach. Riot Grrrl’s give us what you got!!… & they most certainly have…” and Tom Tom Magazine remarked that they “shine musically.” Cryptic Street kick off another UK tour, ‘The End of the Titty Monster Tour,’ at the end of October. Supported by Women That Rock & Girls Against, the tour includes two dates in London and shows in Cardiff, Exeter, Brighton and Sheffield for HER FEST. Visit their website and Instagram for more info and a tour schedule!
Looking for a new girl crush? Meet Neia Jane, self-proclaimed grunge-pixie and ‘dainty little badass’ from Olympia, Washington. This alternative rock artist tells stories with her unique sonic blend of distorted guitars, dreamy synthesizers, and soaring vocal melodies. She showcases both her intense vulnerability and the edgy grunge-girl that is undeniably present in her music, delivering easy-to-love songs that will soar to the top of your pop/rock playlist and beg the question: why isn’t this girl crazy famous yet?
Dig into Neia’s material with “Sad Girl,” a play-on-repeat track with a hook that’s immediately stuck in your head, and the song’s music video, an explosion of color, glitter tears and mixed emotions. Stay tuned for her brand new single, “Auburn Cemetery,” which comes out October 26th along with a music video, and for her debut full-length album ‘Magic and Honey’ dropping January 2019.
Born in Queenstown, New Zealand, Jane moved to Olympia, Washington at 11 and is now based in Boston. Jane is performing throughout the east coast this fall, hitting Sofar Sounds Boston on November 6, The Red Room at Boston’s Café 939 on November 9 and gracing NYC with a performance November 28 at Rockwood Music Hall.
Hands Off Gretel
Ever wanted to lose yourself to some Distillers-esque punk rock fronted by a rainbow dreadlock clad femme badass? Say hello to Hands Off Gretel, sassy alt rock/grunge pop band hailing form the UK.
Fronted by scream-queen Lauren Tate, this South Yorkshire four-piece deliver a cheeky, gritty, sugar-coated mix of heavy garage rock, grunge and pop rock influenced by the likes of Nirvana, No Doubt and PJ Harvey.
Hands Off Gretel was formed in 2014 by Miss Tate, who at just seventeen fearlessly founded the group and took on the role of lead singer, songwriter and guitarist. Hands Off Gretel’s addictive sound is rooted in the foundation of Tate’s intoxicating, guttural vocals that harken back to the sounds of Brody Dale & Courtney Love. Northern Exposure said: “Energy, chaos, nihilism and debauchery abound, a trip with Hands Off Gretel will leave you spent. A beautifully polished ballet of chaos, costume and drama presenting lyrics that echoes the angst and vulnerability of growing up in 21st century Britain.”
And Tate is an ultimate cool girl. Her style – both in sound and in dress – is unforgettable, wild and aspirational. With her signature color-changing, chameleon-like dreadlocks, thick eyeliner, bold lipstick and gritty, playful outfits, Tate is unapologetically audacious and a girl we want to be friends with. And if being band-leader, vocalist extraordinaire weren’t enough, Lauren is also behind all of the band’s art design, merchandise, music videos and album art visuals, carefully crafting Hands Off Gretel’s unique aesthetic.
Hands Off Gretel recently celebrated the release of their brand new single & music video for “S.A.S.S,” a kick-ass dose of sassy rock. Check out the single and dig into their full catalog, which features some of our favorite tracks “My Size,” “One Eyed Girl” and “Bad Egg,” and catch them on their UK tour through November, which includes shows in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, Halifax & London. Catch them if you can!
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