Life gets in the way

Apologies for the lack of updates for the last few weeks – there have been some delays in getting the Enduring Freedom single ready for release. This is largely due to having too many other things going on, including moving house and travelling overseas as part of my day job. The great thing about self-releasing my own music is that I get to work to my own timescales, but the downside is that there’s no one else around to do the work when I’m not able to.

That said, things are moving along – the artwork is being designed and the remix is being mixed. I will post more updates as soon as I have them. I’m also working on getting the tracks for the album ready for release later this year.

To make up for the lack of posts, here are a few interesting links I’ve come across over the last few weeks relating to riot grrrl and feminism in music:

The Girl Germs Guide to Starting a Feminist DIY Club Night
Bad Reputation, 23 January
Lydia and Laura trying to convince everyone that running a feminist DIY club night is great fun and not too much work. Having run one in Oxford for a couple of years I wholeheartedly agree. Girls Germs have also created a calendar of UK feminist / queer / DIY club nights.

Is feminism a dirty word for popstars?
The Telegraph, 31 January
After Ella Henderson’s PR tells her not to answer a question on whether she’s a feminist or not, Emma Barnett asks whether it’s taboo for pop stars to talk about feminism.

Majority World Riot Grrrl
Bad Reputation, 8 March
Sarah Jackson seeks riot grrrl bands from outside the ‘developed’ world and finds a whole bunch of them.

Riot grrrl: searching for music’s young female revolutionaries
The Guardian, 18 March
Twenty years after Bikini Kill and Huggy Bear toured the UK, Karren Ablaze looks at riot grrrl’s continuing influence on UK music.

The Knife: ‘Music history is written by privileged white men’
The Guardian, 23 March
Sam Richards interviews The Knife about their new album and feminist theory.

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