10 Most Underrated Girl Rock Bands Of All Time
Most of the time rock and roll is a bit like a boys club. Outside of the typical all-girl rock bands that pop up every once in a while, a lot of heavy hitters on the scene tend to take inspiration more from someone like Jimmy Page’s Playbook than Joan Jett. But why are some of these girl groups not reaching the top?
I mean, they have great riffs, just like the boys, and in some cases most of their stuff is way better done than any guy could ever hope to accomplish on a normal day. Compared to the star-studded lineup of bands like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, these acts seem to fall under the radar time and time again for no good reason.
That’s not to say each of these acts haven’t gone on to do amazing things on their own. Besides not playing the game of being the next big thing, these artists were still influential in the scene they grew up in and are even still leaving a mark on the rock scene as we speak. While men have certainly had their time in the rock and roll spotlight, girls can certainly hold their own when the weather calls for it.
If there’s anything to take away from the last years of rock and roll, it’s that the future of the genre is female. With the likes of St. Vincent leading the charge and even some pop starlets like Rina Sawayama dipping their toes into heavier stuff, it’s time rock was officially taken over by the dynamic woman. Again, it’s never a bad thing to go back to more traditional things once in a while.
Outside of the usual alternative rock formula, the entire sound behind a band like Doll Skin is rooted in 90s grrrl punk, with some of the wildest commentary imaginable. Although you’ll probably never hear it on the radio anytime soon, songs like Puncha Nazi are still some of the biggest punk rock tracks to come out in recent years.
There are even times when they put the wild stuff on hold for more melodic material, like their beautiful cover of Alanis Morissette’s Uninvited or Shut Up (You Miss Me), which is way closer to Foo Fighters than Hole. . Compared to the dozen or so rock bands working these days, this is what someone like Pink might sound like if she relied on her rock credentials a lot more.