With the unstoppable rise of indie sweethearts HAIM, all-female bands have never been cooler. And we’re not talking 90s girl power. Meet the new generation of axe-wielding, drum-beating, stage-dominating goddesses that’ve given us a new reason to rock out.
These LA sisters set 2013 on fire with their critically acclaimed debut, Days Are Gone, which saw them sign with Jay Z’s Roc Nation record label and storm some of the biggest festival stages the world over. Seeing out their incredible year on British soil, the talented trio’s raw live show is still where they shine brightest. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Mercury Prize nominees Savages stand to boggle your mind as much as intrigue it. Having breathed new life into London’s post-punk scene with 2013’s Silence Yourself, frontwoman Jenny Beth is leading an all-girl revolution in the least in-your-face way possible. How’s that for inspiring?
Another set of LA cool cats to influence not only your record collection, but your wardrobe, too. Currently working on their second album, and follow up to 2010’s The Fool, these NME favourites do haunting indie rock better than most. Already confirmed for next summer’s Field Day festival, you can catch this captivating lot in the UK throughout 2014.
4. Tegan and Sara
Leaders of the all-girl pack, identical twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin have been writing and recording together for over 16 years. The Canadian duo are now masters of an infectious folk rock sound and 2013 marked their seventh successful release with Heartthrob. Dancing shoes at the ready.
Say hello to Manchester’s hottest new export. And they just happen to be girls. Despite the endless list of comparisons ranging between ‘80s indie, ‘60s girl bands and new wave movements, this talented four-piece have taken their varied influences in their stride, leaving them with an early Joy Division charm.
Yet to really break out of their native Australia, the four sisters in Stonefield are busy building a dedicated following Down Under. It’s a matter of time before their slick dose of rock ‘n’ roll gains exposure outside of Australia though – they’ve already supported Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters and worked with Radiohead producer Ian Davenport. Don’t be fooled by their sunshine photoshoots, these ladies know their way around a big riff.
7. The Staves
If Laura Marling started a girl band, it would probably sound (and look) a lot like Watford’s The Staves. Firm favourites in the female folk scene, their enchanting harmonies and heartwarming melodies will whisk you off to a place far, far away. Somewhere in the ‘70s, no doubt. You’ll want to discover these Brit heroines before all your friends do, trust us.
The Casady sisters, Sierra and Bianca, give a new meaning to genre-blending. With a distinctly take on pop, dance, folk and hip-hop, the eccentric duo are nothing short of fascinating. No strangers to a swift costume change either, they stand to challenge the sexy girl band stereotype with weird and wonderful stage looks. Yay.
9. Stealing Sheep
Introducing another set of all-Brit gals taking the folk scene by storm. Having earned a freak-folk labelling for their dark and moody sound, Liverpool’s Stealing Sheep could well be mistaken for a set of psychedelic ‘60s girls. Expect the unexpected, and then put these lovely ladies on repeat.
Oxfordshire’s Evarose are a shining light in the male-dominated world of rock. Evoking comparisons to some of the finest frontwomen before them, this powerful quintet can weave their way around a pop punk hook like some of the best. As if we needed another reason to don our finest studded leather and denim…
11. Uh Huh Her
Time for some electro-pop courtesy of LA duo Uh Huh Her. Surrounded by industry hype from the outset, largely due to bassist Leisha Hailey’s role on TV drama The L Word, they’re now fully-fledged musicians in their own right. Currently teasing new material on Twitter, there’s more exciting things to come, watch this space.