Female Fronted is not a Genre: Retirement Party

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:06am

It’s season four of Arts, Interrupted and we’re back and better than ever with a brand new mini-series: “Female-Fronted” is Not a Genre. In this new series, we will be exploring the phenomenon of making explicit note of female musicians and gendered practices that occur in the music industry. This labeling has been especially prevalent in genres that are predominantly curated by men, like the punk, DIY and the relative alternative scene. Over the past few years, female musicians have started to push back against this form of categorization and capitalization on, well, the vagina.

In this episode, we reached out to the band Retirement Party to learn more about lead singer,  Avery Springer’s, experiences on tour, in the studio and with professionals in the music industry. Retirement Party is a punk group hailing from Chicago comprised of Springer, bassist Eddy Rodriguez and drummer James Ringess. Their first EP “Strictly Speaking” was released in 2017, followed by “Somewhat Literate” their first full-length album released last spring. Their songs explore the anxieties of young adulthood upon a platform of unfiltered, head-banging beats.

Songs included in this episode in order of apperance

1. Passion Fruit Tea — Retirement Party

2. My Chapstick Melted in the Dryer — Retirement Party

3. Shoulder It — Retirement Party

4. Conclusions — Retirement Party


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