Penny For Your Thoughts // Jen Long

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Penny For Your Thoughts by Jen Long

I’m really bored of boys in bands. I’m bored of going to shows and not seeing a single girl on stage all night. I’m sick of standing next to crowds of ‘lads’ who heckle through the set. It makes me sad when I look at a festival line up and count a total of three girls playing across the whole weekend.

I don’t know why it’s really started to annoy me so much lately. Perhaps it’s from seeing acts like Haim or Savages play and realising that music feels more personal the more you can relate to it. It’s like that Los Campesinos! line, “Four sweaty boys with guitars tell me nothing about my life.” I have no desire to slag off acts like Peace or Parma Violets, but I just don’t find much in their music that speaks to me.

It’s not that I hate men in bands. I love Pulled Apart By Horses, DZ Deathrays, Deftones, Brand New, The National… I could go on, but that’s the thing. I could go on for a lot longer than I could list my favourite girl groups. I just want things to be a little more equal. I hate hearing acts described as a ‘female duo’ by my fellow colleagues. You’d never call Foals an all male five piece. And let’s not even get started on the, “She’s a girl, but she can actually play drums” line. If you say that to me, I will spit in your pint when you’re not looking.

But the thing that annoys me most is, I don’t know who’s to blame. Whose fault is it that there aren’t more girls forming bands? Maybe it’s mine. Perhaps I should be practicing what I preach. Anyone want to start a band? Shout at me on twitter.