B ikini Kill never intended to reunite. In that room, Vail witnessed a group often erased from the punk canon writing their own history. The riot grrrl movement, founded by a coterie of like-minded bands and zine-makers nationwide, was about reclaiming a girlhood spoiled by misogyny.
Bikini Kill live in Brixton, All photography Abbey Raymonde. Active for just seven years and without much commercial success, they nevertheless inspired generations of women-driven bands, zine-makers, DIY scenes, activists and community organisers.
Bikini Kill live November 16, at St. Stephens in Washington DC. Photos by Brad Sigal.
Having recently launched a new record label, Bikini Kill Records, the band has begun the process of reissuing their records, as well as digital re-releases by Bikini Kill-related projects such as The Frumpies and Casual Dots. Have you checked out any good local bands lately? Personally, I was devastated by the recent robbery at The Northern — they did so great with their Kickstarter, and some idiot had to come and wash it all away.
A person with a long green mane rams her body into someone who has stripped down to their bra. If they were strangers before, the brute visceral force of punk has brought them together in this moment. That, and Kathleen Hanna, singing about how to be a woman is to be acquainted with hunger and thirst.
What if girls owned the world? Bikini Kill once wrote a song about that deeply utopian idea. I sat on a plastic chair and watched in disbelief.
Inin a field flanked by the Chicago skyline, The Julie Ruin momentarily went quiet. Then it happened: a single, marching drumbeat rang out, greeted by an instant wave of recognition. The woman next to me turned to her girlfriend.
A 90s-era radical feminist punk band whose scream-along sound became a girl-power call to arms, Bikini Kill was a beacon for a generation of activists striving for a world more hospitable to women. Now, as an American political battle over reproductive rights rages more fiercely than it has in years, the group known for their catchphrase "Revolution Girl Style, Now! I feel like they're like Captain Marvel, and we've flashed the Bikini Kill sign to bring them back to earth, because it's just messed up here," said Evelyn McDonnell, a pop culture writer whose bibliography includes the book Women Who Rock. Read also: Taste of punk and hardcore in South Jakarta.
YouTube instagram Facebook Twitter. In the 90s music traveled through very specific channels. In the 80's and early 90's underground music culture was pretty hard to access but that was part of what made it feel so exciting when you did make connections and discover new scenes.
Tobi Celeste Vail born July 20, is an American independent musicianmusic critic and feminist activist from Olympia, Washington. She was a central figure in the riot grrl scene—she coined the spelling of "grrl"—and she started the zine Jigsaw. A drummer, guitarist and singer, she was a founding member of the band Bikini Kill. Vail has collaborated in several other bands figuring in the Olympia music scene.