Sounds Like: Punk rock battling the patriarchy while doling out melody under the table.
For fans of: Hole, L7, Fucked Up
Why You Should Pay Attention: Mish Way is one of the smartest and fiercest singers in the underground, and on the upcoming Deep Fantasy her band (now a trio) modulate their sound beyond breathtaking tantrums. See the "Snake Jaw," a brass-knuckled jeremiad about body image; the soaring "In Your Home;" and "I Believe You," a sexual assault meditation inspired in part by Cherie Curie's memoir Neon Angel. Way is also a sharp and hilarious prose writer who riffs on music, sexuality and other hot-button topics across the Internet. Her Talkhouse essay on screaming is a useful introduction.
They Say: "For every single woman I know, our body image is something we stress about constantly, because of all the media images out there," says Way. "I wanted to talk about that. I miss when people talked about this stuff in music. As a teenage girl, when I heard Kat Bjelland [of Babes In Toyland] screaming… the strength you feel, to hear that assertion, that confidence. It made me want to do that exact same thing."
Hear For Yourself: "Drown With The Monster" is a metal-tipped, Tokyo-versus-Godzilla attack. By Will Hermes