THING OF THE DAY, JANUARY 5th….
So it went something like this, we were plotting Yeastie Girls, what/s Yeastie Girls? Well for now, that doesn’t matter, and it wasn’t really us plotting, it was Emma thinking out aloud, so anyway, the Yeastie Girls plot is coming together, part of it revolved around an old Bikini Kill lyric that probably even more relevant now than it was then
‘That girl thinks she’s the queen of the neighborhood. I got news for you, she is!’ (Bikini Kill ‘Rebel Girl’)
Bikini Kill Rise Again, No Less Relevant
Just over 20 years ago, one of the most influential bands in the riot grrrl movement released its first album. Bikini Kill helped define a movement that grew up as an offshoot of punk in the early 1990s, when many women felt marginalized by society, and in some cases, even by the punk-rock community.
Late last year, frontwoman Kathleen Hanna and her bandmates — two other women and a man — took up that thread again. They founded their own label, Bikini Kill Records, to reissue their discography.
“When we started our band, a big part of it was to encourage more female participation in the punk scene,” Hanna says. “Selfishly, we wanted more women and girls to play music with when we went on tour. We wanted more women and girls to talk to about the experience of being in a band because we were constantly encountering sexism and having no one but each other to talk to about it.”
Carrying that conversation to a wider audience was one of the reasons Bikini Kill was so influential, according to another riot grrrl musician, Molly Neuman… read on here
So Yeastie Girls….just as Emma was thinking out aloud while listening to Bikini Gill wreckords, in came the headline Bikini Kill Rise Again, No Less Relevant….
'YEASTIE GIRLS' - a group show curated by CULTIVATE VYNER STREET 'That girl thinks she's the queen of the neighborhood. I got news for you, she is!' (Bikini Kill 'Rebel Girl') The YEASTIE GIRLS show re-visits the ethos of 'Riot Grrrl' - the underground feminist punk rock movement that took place in early nineties west coast America. The show aims to bring together todays riot grrrl inspired creativity; art, music, writing, zines……. Is riot grrrl still relevant 20 years on? Are women now more empowered and supportive of one another? The 90s riot grrrl movement allowed women their own creative space to make political statements about the issues they were facing in the male oriented punk rock community, as well as in society; to express their views on issues such as rape, domestic abuse, sexuality, and female empowerment. As Tobi Vail (drummer with Bikini Kill) said, the purpose of the Riot Grrrls was to fight against the things that kept women divided, to start a discourse and to give importance to women and the things that they do. So, has anything changed in the last 20s years? What issues should we be addressing now? Can we still make our voices heard? What form does Riot Grrrl creativity take in 2013? Will will be inviting artists to take part, but would love to hear from ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, ZINE MAKERS, ART COLLECTIVES etc. who want to get involved; please CONTACT US with your ideas. All ideas are welcomed…….and no, you don't have to be female, it's open to everyone - "We're not anti-boy, we're pro-girl" (Molly Neuman, Bratmobile) For more info contact Emma @ Cultivate