Kenny Kenny Oh Oh- Add 60 Seconds (To The Bechdel Test)

Punk from Leipzig, Germany.

With a name that is apparently an ode to Le Tigre, it’s not too surprising that Kenny Kenny Oh Oh is heavily influenced by riot grrrl. Simple, upbeat, fast punk rock with a message. The musical aesthetic is still in place, with the lyrics addressing modern issues within feminism. This track in particular is a snarly reference of The Bechdel test, which, if you’re not already aware, measures the roles of women in fiction/entertainment. The song’s call of “add sixty seconds to my fucking presence!” pretty much sums up many people’s frustration with that subject. In the most fun and catchy way possible, of course.

This is from their self titled 7” release.

In School- Praxis of Hate

Hardcore punk from NYC.

This is the sort of band that should serve as a guideline to the genre. Fast, brash bursts of anger and energy. No nonsense.

Coming from a city that has had such a large influence on hardcore as a whole, there’s something very refreshing about In School- musically and politically. NYC HC has famously been known as a straight white boys club, and In School counteract that. One of the main attractions about punk as a whole is its relation to outsiders, and this band serves as a brilliant reaction within a scene that can, unfortunately, be a bit exclusive. Bidi Choudhury’s bold and aggressive vocals are quite traditional in a sense, but they still stand out.

This is from their EP of the same name, Praxis of Hate.

Nikki W- Transparent Hands

Pop/alternative from London, Ontario, Canada.

You might not believe it by her voice, but Nikki W is only sixteen years old. Not only that, but she has already been performing for years, joining her first band when she was just eleven. She formerly played under the name Orianna, which leaned more towards rock influences. This change in musical direction really enhances her songwriting ability. It also proves that her vocals could do well in any genre. The switch to her given name seems quite fitting considering the material seems to be coming from a very personal place.

Nikki W fancies herself as an old soul, but for someone to be where she is at that age, it will be interesting to see what her future holds.

This is from her upcoming EP, Sad Generation.

Deers- Bamboo

Lo-fi garage/surf pop from Madrid, Spain.

I need to credit this post to my friend Carl, who runs the radio show A Cellarful of Noise. It was featured on his most recent episode.

When I first heard it, I thought it was some older, rare gem from the late 60s that had never made its way out of the underground. What a nice surprise it was to find out afterwards that this was released last month! It was even greater to discover that they’re playing London in the upcoming weeks.

The two songs from their demo both portray a pretty chilled out vibe in a genre that is more known for being fast paced and upbeat. I’m interested in hearing what else they plan to do. For now, this seems like the perfect soundtrack for the end of a long night.

Colour Me Wednesday- Sugar Coated

Brand new video!

This is a very poppy tune, but its message stands out quite clearly in its lyrics. It speaks of the frustration that many deal with, no matter what scene you’re into: Wanting to involve yourself in a community that may not entirely support you.

"Actually, actually. You’re good for a girl, you learn quite fast!"
But I know what you’re thinking
"Let’s see how long this lasts."
I hear the noises from outside, and I wanna join in
But contribution at this point just seems quite threatening
Guitar heroes in the making
Make me feel as if I’m faking

It seems well timed with the current discussion surrounding certain articles about what it’s like to be female in a band.

This is available on a split with Spoonboy. If you are in the US, you should go check them out on their east coast tour!