We Are Women In Music – Hear Us ROAR

International Women’s Day is upon us and its time to get our bandanas out and educate!

#PressForProgress is this years slogan and according to the International Women’s Day website it is “A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.” Something we should all being doing every day, challenging views and perspectives and encouraging debate.

Wookalily’s new single ‘Escort Me’ is trying to turn a popular subject on its head. So many songs have been written about female prostitutes Honky Tonk Woman by Rolling Stones, Charlotte the Harlot by Iron Maiden, even Tina Turner’s ‘Private Dancer’, is the same heartless perspective. Most disparaging of all is ‘He’s A Whore’ by Cheap Trick. This song finally from a different perspective still somehow has the same branded tone.

“..I think I’ll take her for a ride
With this moneybag by my side

A giggolo is the only way to go
And So I show my face
And I can even fake a smile
But I’m laughing inside all the while

This little girl
She’s a joke
She’s a joke
She’s a joke..”

In Wookalilys prostitutional musings, the song begins with the normal first encounter scenario – woman seeks sex and finds a partner for pay, but with the morning sunlight there comes a twist. A light-hearted song with a bass line to obey.

Wookalily are releasing their first single ‘Escort Me’ from their second album ‘Everything Is Normal… Except The Little Things Inside My Head’, on International Women’s Day Wednesday 8th March. You can find the download on all usual platforms (Itunes, Amazon and Spotify etc) There will be a genre breaking music video to follow, with an altogether new type of actor.

The band will also be releasing their album in June 2018 as part of the Womens Work Festival. There are plans of a sensational extravaganza and if you were at the debut album launch, you’ll know what we mean!

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“Escort me to the Moon” says us Woomen

Written by Adele Ingram
Produced by Julie McLarnon at Analogue Catalogue
Acoustic guitar – Adele Ingram
Piano and bvs – Clair McGreevy
Drums and bvs – Louise Potter
Lead vox – Lyndsay Crothers
Sharon Morgan – Double and electric bass

Gender and Genre

Gender

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On many an occasion we have been asked the question “why the all female lineup?” We have 3 possible answers in the form of more questions.

A. Why not?
B. Why the stupid question?
C. Would you ask the Beatles or the Rolling Stones that?

If their reply to C is “no, because they’re not female” then we kick their asses. Seriously though, there are millions of all male bands and noone bats an eyelash. I guess it’s because we’re used to seeing them. When it comes to all female bands, we’re seen as a novelty, a gimmick, a marketing strategy. We’re told to smile, dress more glamorous or sexy, we’re hackled by audience members for being sexist or lesbians (not that there’s anything wrong the latter, we just don’t think sexual orientation has anything to do with musicianship).

I read an article recently about another band of women who were rejected by a festival who said they’d already booked an all-female band so their quota was filled. I wonder how many festivals have done that to us but didn’t have the balls to tell us why. We’ve been asked if we’d be available for a festival just to make up the female numbers. Which is worse? You decide.

I’ve often wondered myself why less women play lead guitar, drums etc (this is thankfully changing though). Is there something different about our brains? our hands? our coordination skills? or is it simply that we didn’t bother trying because it wasn’t expected of us? Women should be seen and only heard singing behind a nice strummy/finger style acoustic guitar. There’s nothing wrong with that either, 3 of us do this as solo performers but as soon as we pick up an electric, a bass or sticks it’s ‘OMG we’ve never seen a chick play a one of those before’.

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People aren’t aware of, or forget the fact that many female musicians have been pioneers in their field. Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Maybelle Carter to name only a couple, the list is too long.

So it’s ironic that we’re making a thing of this in a blog when really we don’t want to draw attention to the fact that we’re all female (although it’s pretty obvious from our photos we hope). We just want to play music and be respected as musicians regardless of gender.

Genre

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Another question we’re frequently asked is “what genre of music do you play?” This is a hard one to answer and I guess it’s easier for people to find your music if there’s a label on it. We like to think of our music as unidentified or a bit of this and a bit of that. It’s always changing and growing. So what will our fans do with this? Ah, I know, they’ll create a new genre called ‘unidentified music genre’ UMG as opposed to UFO. Well that’s fine with us, we have been told we’re a bit out there.