Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Boys' Girls' club

Matador's release of the debut EP from Boygenius - aka Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers - has prompted the Guardian's Laura Snapes into reflecting on the relative rarity of all-women supergroups. She suggests a few possible explanations: there are simply fewer prominent female musicians, jam bands are a more naturally male phenomenon, women only tend to "join forces ... in solidarity rather than a show of strength".

Quite rightly, Sleater-Kinney are held up as notable exceptions to the general rule, as are Wild Flag and Ex Hex in the same breath. But there's no mention of Free Kitten, the joint venture of Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Julie Cafritz of Pussy Galore, or of more recent collaborations between Cat Power and Lana Del Rey and Marissa Nadler and Angel Olsen - though admittedly describing two musicians teaming up for a song or two as a supergroup is perhaps stretching the definition of the term too far.

Snapes concludes by alluding to the as-yet unreleased fruits of Carrie Brownstein's team-up with St Vincent. I knew the former had scripted the latter's "interview kit" for MASSEDUCTION, but I didn't realise they'd written some songs together too. A seriously mouthwatering prospect.

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