Coming to The Granada October 22nd is the thrilling, indie-jam band Battles, in which I, along with everyone else here at The Granada are thoroughly excited to see! However, their opening band NISENNENMONDAI immediately caught my attention and have yet to let it stray away. The band consists of three Tokyo-native women who formed the band while in college during the Y2K scare of 1999. Although the pronunciation of the band’s name is questionable (or maybe I’m just in denial over my reading capabilities), their name actually translates to “Y2K Bug” in Japanese.
Their style is what really hooked me though. It’s as though their raw, post-punk instrumentals completely lock you into a trance-like state of head-bobbing, body-swaying, and toe-tapping; but the mere fact that they are girls that rock even harder than most guys do completely satiated my tastes.
As stated by music producer Prefuse 73 in Dazed & Confused magazine: “John Stanier from Battles had told me they were sick. . . They started to play and the drummer was as big as my hand. She started to play 16th notes on her hi-hat for about 15 minutes. Next thing you know, these three tiny diminutive women were making us look like idiots because they were so incredible.”
They avoid the typical sweet, sing-song melodies that embrace love and loss that I feel most female artists are expected to emulate within their song-writing, and just show us all that instead of being cute, they’d rather jam.
So, in lieu of this awesome all-girl experimental, noise-rock band, I present you all with other girl bands, whom some of which have upcoming shows here at The Granada, that put the boys to shame.
Battles (10.22) New York, NY.
Concrete Blonde (10.28) Los Angeles, CA.
Mates of State (11.02) Lawrence, KS.
The Sounds: (11.10) Heisingborg, Sweden
One woman that I personally can’t leave out is Dallas’ own Annie Clark of St. Vincent.