Image of Better Heroes courtesy of Better Heroes.
Today is Women’s Equality Day, and what better way to celebrate women’s suffrage than announce that this Friday it’s all about the Femme Fatale up front. On August 28 at 6:00PM at MADE in Long Beach, several young and lion-hearted female-identified musicians and singers will take the stage to show their audience exactly why the main mic should belong to them.
19-year-old singer, songwriter, vlogger and filmmaker Hannah Moroz began organizing the event a few months ago when she saw a need to showcase the female voices in the rock and punk scene, a space where she noticed mostly males are taking center stage and the spotlight.
DW Ferrell of Localism told the Post all he did was say yes and suggest the name Femme Fatale Front. Moroz took it from there.
“It says something about the music scene, when putting together a punk/rock show of all femme-fronted bands is a challenge to the standards of femininity,” Moroz told the Post.
Moroz, who frequents punk/rock shows, and shows in general, says you’re much more likely to see female and femme musicians playing acoustic “singer-songwriter-y” sets than using their able vocal chords for louder, more rambunctious performances.
"I don’t think the punk/rock communities are always aware of the ways in which we promote potentially harmful standards of femininity and masculinity, but we do and it often keeps femme musicians off the stage," she said.
Moroz said it’s imperative to challenge these ideas, and even more important to put in the effort to get these musicians up front and center, “Consistently, if possible.”
Long Beach local and MADE’s Event Manager Mimi Masher fully supported Moroz’ vision to host a night of femme-fronted talent.
“We love to support the local music scene especially when they’re innovative youth,” she said. “There is always a need in the city to support the femme community. There are so many layers of different women in Long Beach. We owe it to ourselves to raise each other up in celebration and to help the younger girls become rad women!!”
The bands and musicians taking the stage at MADE on Friday include Moroz herself, who is currently recording two albums. You can listen to her unique sound here.
“There’s a part of me that wants to rock as hard as these bands do, but my fragile-bird-voice won’t let me,” she said. But what Moroz believes she lacks in vocal decibels, she certainly makes up for in her ability to see a need in the community and actually make the effort to fill that void.
Following Moroz’ performance, The Love-Inns, a self-described alternative, punk, feminist band based in Los Angeles, will play songs like this one, that will definitely get wonderfully stuck in your head. Follow them on Facebook here, they are fantastic.
Next up is Maji, a band that will undoubtably play “real loud” on Friday night. Izzy Spring’s voice will have you swooning and wishing you could sing like her. Listen to their music here and become unabashedly obsessed; just let it happen, don’t be afraid.
Long Beach-based band Better Heroes put this out in February and wants you to listen to more of their music here. Better Heroes may quickly become your local heroes as lead vocalist Hunter Allen belts the band’s lyrics coolly and with an infectious confidence, throwing that signature colored bob around like a badass. Wait, not like a badass, she is a badass.
MADE is located at 236 Pine Avenue.