Dragster / Army Of Skanks
Proof of the power of women in punk rock
Too much of this punk rock business is blokes. I’m as guilty of that as anyone- can’t be helped but what about the girls? afterall one of the great things about punk when it started was that the women were some of the key players in the movement.
Tonight was an emphatic call out from the women with two bands who take punk rock and turn it round on their own terms.
Army Of Skanks are 4 women and one token bloke on drums. they play a mixture of covers and originals with a fierce raw power and a great musicianship that would make the dandruff guys qho works in guitar shops recoil in terror. the midlands based band know how to put on a great show and their raucous celebration of the form is thrillingly exciting with a visceral and dirty wall of sound. they are playing Rebellion this year and we urge you to check them out.
Dragster have been around for a few years and this is underlined in their set which is executed with a machine like precision- this is a band at the top of their game- tight and thrilling and locked together- their hard gigging has really paid off and they have really jumped up since the last time I saw them with an added punk rock wall of sound set to kill.
Their trump card is their tattooed frontwoman FiFi who has this amazing voice that somehow manages to climb out about the band’s wall of sound and create her own space. Her voice is powerful, melodic and impassioned and she throws herself across the stage with the abandon of primetime Iggy without losing an ounce of her charismatic cool. The fact that she is also smart and opinionated and stands for something makes her stand out from the glut of rock n roll punk bands- an underground icon waiting in the wings Fifi or Fiona is waiting to be discovered.