This week in the Independent‘s column on KCSB, The KCSBeat, Colin Marshall profiles programmer Rebecca Redman and her female-driven punk and hardcore hour Jody Fester’s Army, as well as her previous on-air projects:
“There hasn’t been a KCSB show like this,” she said. “Women are underrepresented in the punk scene. Punk is sometimes inclusive, but sometimes it’s macho: bro bands, bro moshing, guys being bro-y together. Punk shows are supposed to be places where people are aware of these things, not engaging in machismo.”
Standing against this, Redman plays a great deal of music on Jody Fester’s Army that either gave rise to or grew from the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s. “Riot grrrl was a feminist upheaval against male-dominated punk scenes, against violence, against sexual discrimination,” she explained. “It tried to legitimize and normalize women in punk.” But how has that normalization gone? “Not well,” she admitted, having often struggled to unearth substantial amounts of the right kind of female-crafted rock, even doing plenty of Internet research and following players in well-known female bands such as the Pacific Northwest’s Bikini Kill through their countless other bands, solo recordings, side projects, and obscurities. “Sometimes I have to play whatever I can find,” she said. “But bad sound quality is punk.”
Read the whole thing here.