The fifteen best female-fronted fuzz-guitar acts

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Patrice Jackson

In the past few years, fuzz guitars have come conspicuously back to the forefront, and they're being played by some female-led outfits that sound like they came straight out of the mid-'90s, when Juliana Hatfield, Liz Phair and Courtney Love were queens of the Sam Goody racks. Mixing jangly and distorted guitars, snarky, intelligent lyrics, and screaming banshee or choir-angel vocals together, these brash, loud female-fronted acts are making music that could fit right in with the classic grunge and DIY groups from that era while still sounding fresh and modern. Here are the fifteen best female-fronted fuzz-guitar bands:

See also: The ten most ferocious female pioneers in metal

15. Traveling
Out of Bloomington, Indiana, singer and guitarist Ginger Alford (also of Good Time) leads the band with her sometimes double tracked, sweet, yearning vocals singing mature lyrics questioning what is next in life. With Alan Crenshaw on bass and backup vocals and Jake Alexander on drums, the band turns out some well-crafted lo-fi pop punk tunes.

14. Cold Beat
Hannah Lew from Grasswidow leads this Bay Area band with her dreamy but sassy voice. Jangly guitars and reverb gives this project a very surf rock feel, and the subject matter is serious: Lew's father passed away in 2009, and these songs reflect the sadness and frustration of death. This is not a sad sounding album by any means, though, and her ethereal voice gives gravity to the otherwise slightly abstract music played.

13. Beaches
This Melbourne quintet, which formed in 2007, creates music drenched in fuzz and often swirling into mostly instrumental psych rock. The band's lush, barely decipherable vocals add another layer to the dense musical atmosphere, making these ladies a top runner in the Australia psych scene.

12. White Lung
This power punk band out of Vancouver is raw and loud. The group's lead singer, Mish Way, is met with comparisons to Courtney Love due to Way's brash and confident vocals and stage presence. The band's lyrics deal with real life scenarios ranging from sleeping with someone you don't even like to drug use to the serial killer who dumped Craigslist prostitutes all over Long Island beaches.

11. Potty Mouth
This all female band out of Northampton, Massachusetts is getting a ton of buzz right now, and for good reason; they are a really solid band. With a name taken from Bratmobile's 1993 album, these gals show that they know their musical history, and singer Abby Weems's lower, flat delivery gives the music a killer punch while fuzzy surf guitar swirls around the lyrics.


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Ben Rodriguez
Ben Rodriguez

The Joy Formidable should really be on here! Magneta Lane, Girl in a Coma, Wild Flag, Warpaint!

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