ONTD Original: Ten Up-and-Coming Female Led Bands You Should Check Out (Right Now!)



It's no secret that rock music is kinda dead right now... But only if you're paying attention to what's in the mainstream. The indie scene has never been more alive than now with so much creativity going on...

But hey! Why do all the male led bands get to have the fun? There are tons of great female led bands that don't get the same buzz about them simply cuz they're chicks. Seriously, how many of bands in general can you name right now that are around? Paramore, The Pretty Reckless, maybe PVRIS?

Here are ten different bands led by kickass women who deserve all the fame and success for their great music. In no particular order because do we really still need to pit women against each other?




The Regrettes
Members: Lydia Night, Genessa Gariano, Sage Chavis, and current touring drummer Drew Thomsen (their previous drummer recently left the band).

The Regrettes' music can best be described as punky with a garage rock feel, and a fun throwback to the riot grrrl genre.

Active since 2015, The Regrettes just played Coachella and the Governor's Ball in NYC, and are currently touring the east coast after just completing the UK and west coast legs of their tour. They are really beginning to blow up after recently playing on Jimmy Kimmel and Conan.

OP also saw them live in concert not even a week ago. She also got the band to sign a witch book she'd just bought so they'd be blessed. Source: my friend with a bike.

Fun fact: Lead singer Lydia Night actually used to play in Ryan Gosling's band with him when she was 10 (she's 17 now). She actually had no idea he was a famous actor until she saw him on a billboard for the movie Drive. How tf was Drive that long ago?

Other songs you should listen to:
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BONES - often called BONES (UK) to differentiate from the band of the same name from the 60s
Members: Rosie Bones, Carmen Vandenberg, and Filippo Cimatti.

BONES (UK) is a pretty unique case on this list. Their electronic drum and bass give their music such a distinct progressive sound, and despite not actually having an album out yet and forming in 2017, they've been pretty successful so far.

Nylon magazine (rip) has even said they are "Trent Reznor-level cool."

Fun fact: One of their songs was featured in one of Orange is the New Black's trailers.

Other songs you should listen to:
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Dream Wife
Members: Rakel Mjöll, Alice Go, and Bella Podpadec.

This Icelandic/British punk band just released their first album back in Jan 2018. Since then, they've blown the scene with breezy lyrics and vocals, and funky melodies.

Fun fact: They consider themselves more artists than musicians. Apparently, they did the fake girl band thing as an art project for a gallery but it was so popular, they went with it. White people, amiright.

Other songs you should listen to:
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Pale Waves
Members: Heather Baron-Gracie, Ciara Doran, Hugo Silvani, and Charlie Wood.

Pale Waves is another British band that formed in 2014. Definitely the poppiest sounding band on this list, Pale Waves delivers music that sounds like the vibes Sky Ferreira was going for but probably got delayed again before she could release it herself. They became known for being the opening band for The 1975 in 2017.

Their debut album is set to be released this year.

Fun fact: Because of lead Heather's contrasting dark aesthetic, Pale Waves has been termed "goth pop" as its genre.

Other songs you should listen to:
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Dead Sara
Members: Emily Armstrong, Siouxsie Medley, and Sean Friday.

The LA punk band Dead Sara has been around in the indie scene since 2002 but is now starting to branch out into the mainstream since they signed with Atlantic Records last year. They've performed with Courtney Love, Sonny Moore, The Used, The Doors, and Muse.

Fun fact: Their name is a reference to a Fleetwood Mac song.

Other songs you should listen to:
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Cherry Glazerr
Members: Clementine Creevy, Devin O'Brien, and Tabor Allen.

This indie-grunge band started up in 2012 when lead Clementine was just 15. Since their early days, their music has quickly been picked up for promotional purposes, with Yves Saint Laurent being closely associate with Cherry Glazerr since 2013.

Their music, featuring clever lyrics, explores female anger and an unforgiving sound with heavy percussion.

Fun fact: VICE magazine produced a documentary about how Clementine Creevy is a "millennial punk feminist icon".

Other songs you should listen to:
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Sick of Sarah
Members:: Abisha Uhl and Jessica Forsythe, with many former members.

Sick of Sarah's music has been described as punky girl-rock but they have a great energy. Often compared to Teagan and Sara, they've actually been around for a while but always on the outskirts of finding mainstream success. Recent activity on their social media seems to indicate there may be some new music on the way.

*They are not actually sick of any Sarahs.

Also is it me or does the lead looks like she could be the lovechild of Shane from The L Word and Joan Jett? I mean seriously.

Fun fact: Though the band has yet to make it big in terms of mainstream success, they're considered the most torrented band since a copy of one of their albums once came free by downloading BitTorrent. :X

Other songs you should listen to:
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MUNA
Members: Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin, and Naomi McPherson.

A self-described "queer girl band" (all three members of the band ID as queer), MUNA's music explores themes of gender identity, sexuality, abusive relationships, and traumatic sexual experiences. They consider themselves dark-pop.

Fun fact: They were the opening act for one of Harry Styles' tours.

Other songs you should listen to:
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Honeyblood
Members: Stina Tweeddale and Cat Myers.

Formed in Scotland in 2012, the self-described grunge-pop band emphasize female power and relationships with their music. Honeyblood's first album was misunderstood as being about a heterosexual breakup, something that bugged the band, so they released the song "Babes Never Die", to clear up the subject matter. Their music videos features themes such as the role of women in apocalyptic situations.

Fun fact: Their name comes from a concoction they made for fake blood during a Halloween concert, which was sprayed onto the audience.

Other songs you should listen to:
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Starcrawler
Members: Arrow de Wilde, Tim Franco, Henri Cash, and Austin Smith.

This grungy-glam punk group has been making a name for themselves in the indie LA scene in the short year they've been a band. Their music has a frenetic, almost chaotic energy (Idk about you but I feel like the lead's presence almost channels Helena from Orphan Black).

Starcrawler seems primed for bigger things as they are scheduled to perform at the Voodoo Festival in October, with the likes of Mumford and Sons, Childish Gambino, and the Arctic Monkeys.

Fun fact: Shirley Manson (from the band Garbage) called them "the next big thing in rock".

Other songs you should listen to:
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sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30 + wikipedia.

ONTD, are there any female led bands you're into right now? Stay tuned for my next original in this series: Ten underrated women rockers who have been around a while! It was actually supposed to come out first but it's taking me so long to finish!