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Playlist: Briony’s Summer Anthems

“Summertime is here again, and my hayfever is through the roof. Thankfully sitting inside and sneezing gave me an excuse to make up a new Anthem playlist full of excellent female tracks to listen to whether you’re out on the beach or hiding from the sun like me…”

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Click here to listen: Briony’s Summer Anthems

Playlist: Noughties Anthems

“I made this a long time ago and forgot about it. I found it recently and have been dancing around my room listening to my childhood in the form of Sugababes, Rihanna, Nelly Furtado and Christina Aguilera. I know I made it, but I love it.

These women made grunge and punk cool and normal, they have become staples of the decade and their style and music inspired thousands of girls who still listen to Crazy in Love at pre-drinks ten years later. Icons of girl power in the making.”

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Click here to listen: Noughties Anthems

Courtney’s Anthems: Eating Ice Cream and Loving Yourself

“Music has always played an interesting role in my life. Especially as my first female role model came from music. Now I look up to any women in the music industry because it’s not so easy when you’re a super talented chick. I’m also happy to say I’ve seen some of these women perform live! So put on this playlist, grab a dark chocolate magnums and love yourself.

Seriously, love yourself it’s better than hating yourself *blows kisses*”

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Click here to listen: Courtney’s Anthems: Eating Ice Cream and Loving Yourself

 

Why You Should Listen to Hinds

July 2016: a month of dancing, sun burning, friendship, disposable cameras, DIY punch, and gross toilets. Yep, it’s festival season and I decided to ditch England and travel to Spain for BBK and Benicàssim Festival. Although I could babble on about how wonderful it was to watch Kendrick Lemar, Grimes, Tame Impala, Mac Demarco, and so on, there was one band that really made an impact on me this summer, and their name is Hinds.

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It’s not a secret that the music industry is a boiling mess when it comes to female liberation. I’m sure we can all agree that music is an expression; we love it, we dance to it, and most importantly we relate to it. Relating to music isn’t just about the overall topic of a song, it’s also who is presenting this topic. I think it’s safe to say that alternative music is dominated by the white male.

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Hinds are an all-female ensemble from Madrid, Spain. Let’s just say they’re probably the most inspiring and authentic young female musicians I’ve ever seen. They want to be sharing their music with us, and naturally, Hinds smash the patriarchy by doing so. Not only are Hinds hella talented, they’re also hella smart. During my Hinds research, I found that they’re often questioned about being a female ensemble; “Why only girls? Is it because you didn’t have any other choice? Or was it the only choice?”

To which band member Carlotta Cosials replied, “It was because we wanted to and it was the choice we chose. We thought that it would be so different If the rest of the band would be boys, people would probably think that we’re just the faces.”

Hinds knew that including men in their ensemble would distort the way they are viewed as female composers. Although some of us don’t give a fuck about gender, and enjoy art for what it is, there are still many who will assume the worst because they are female. The same interviewer later questioned if they made music with a feminist motive, to which Hinds replied “We are females writing music so you can’t avoid that.” Which is pretty self-explanatory, but the interviewer acted as if Hinds were the only female musicians making their music automatically controversial, and more likely to be disliked because they have vaginas.

If you haven’t already fallen in love with Hinds, I’ll give you another reason to follow them on Spotify. Hinds refuse to be anything else other than themselves. Hinds are smart enough to reject the music industry’s misogynistic expectations, they’re not here to change the world, they’re here to be artists.

“I felt perfect in the world being a girl and suddenly in music you’re judged about everything you do, how you sing, how you pose, how you dress, how you write, everything.” Carlotta Cosials also brings up that there are a lot more women in popular music than alternative. If popular music is your cuppa-tea you know that only one type of woman is being represented, the idealistic woman. With alternative music being loud, dirty, and expressive, it’s encouraged to be loud, dirty, and expressive, but when you have a pussy, all of a sudden your behaviour is questioned.

Now before you go off to listen to Hinds on Spotify, I want you to do a small task for yourself. Go to your iTunes/Spotify artists section, and note down which bands/artists are female. Once you’ve done that you can share your results wherever, or just use them as a stimulation to listen to more female artists!

Here’s a cute photo of Team Poo Boy meeting Hinds at Benicàssim.

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Peace, Love, and Cacti
Courtney McMahon

 

Playlist: Briony’s Anthems – Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves

“I’ve always found music to be one of the strongest ways of feeling girl power. That’s what the Spice Girls were all about, after all. My playlist is a mixture of songs where I shout the lyrics at people, and can almost feel my lungs getting larger, or songs that I think are just kick-ass.

You’ll have to excuse the excess of Sia tracks, but I promise I cut it down from around 6 or 7 to just 3. I just want every girl, and to be honest, every person to be able to clap and shout to Dog Days Are Over and That’s Not My Name to their hearts content. You go girl xo”

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Click on the image, or here to listen: Briony’s Anthems – Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves

Playlist: Maxene’s Anthems

“I came to uni with about as much music knowledge as your average snail, and so this playlist almost entirely consists of some pretty amazing recommendations by some pretty fabulous people.

Whatever your music taste I’d say I’ve got you covered here with a wonderfully random assortment of songs sung by equally wonderful women. Take this opportunity to sing and dance along to your heart’s content, because really, how else are you going to truly appreciate the epic-ness of these songs and their creators”

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Click on the image, or here to listen: Maxene’s Anthems