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I’m in love with The Clash at Demonhead from the Scott Pilgrim movie. Unfortunately, they are fictional and Metric, the band that arranged it doesn’t have that harder sound I’m liking in TCAD. What real band sounds like them? (Strong female lead on vocals, good rhythm, slightly distorted sound, anthem-y? and yes I have heard of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs).
posted by edbles to Media & Arts (52 answers total) 55 users marked this as a favorite
 
Sleater-Kinney's album "The Woods", perhaps?
posted by Greg Nog at 5:53 AM on August 25, 2010 [5 favorites]


The Breeders?
posted by ninebelow at 6:04 AM on August 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


La Roux?
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 6:12 AM on August 25, 2010


Echobelly
Skunk Anansie
Sleeper
posted by Jakey at 6:17 AM on August 25, 2010


This may not be exactly what you are looking for, but in the wonderful world of folk music, there are some very powerful female vocalists. You might appreciate Judy Collins, although her sound is not slightly distorted. A more distorted choice would be Leslie Fish, although she is quite obscure, even by folk music standards - but quite interesting.
posted by grizzled at 6:21 AM on August 25, 2010


I'm showing my age with decade-old references, but you might try: Sarge, The Spinanes, Throwing Muses (particularly older Tanya Donnelly songs for the more girly sound of the movie band's singer), Belly, Helium, The Breeders/Amps/Kelley Deal Experience, Bettie Seveert, Mary's Danish.
posted by aught at 6:23 AM on August 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


Nthing Breeders
posted by ish__ at 6:26 AM on August 25, 2010


Hah. I've actually been wondering the same thing since reading the books.

Here's this to tide you over until we find out.
posted by DonSlice at 6:29 AM on August 25, 2010


Tilt. I haven't seen the movie yet but from your description I think you'll love them.
posted by Bango Skank at 6:29 AM on August 25, 2010


Get the album Star by Belly.
posted by any major dude at 6:30 AM on August 25, 2010


Snake River Conspiracy.
Curve.
Lacuna Coil.
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:31 AM on August 25, 2010


Letters to Cleo
Stretch Princess
Vedera
posted by SpecialK at 6:33 AM on August 25, 2010


Ooh. I had forgotten about Snake River Conspiracy. That's a good suggestion.
posted by SpecialK at 6:34 AM on August 25, 2010


You might like Rilo Kiley's most recent album Under the Blacklight.
posted by hobgadling at 6:43 AM on August 25, 2010


The Gossip
posted by Gilbert at 6:45 AM on August 25, 2010 [4 favorites]


The female singer from fifth hour hero is kinda similar, though she doesn't sing on every song, just most.
posted by TheBones at 6:53 AM on August 25, 2010


Strong female lead on vocals, good rhythm, slightly distorted sound

Sleater-Kinney!!!! Albums: The Woods, or Call the Doctor, or Dig Me Out.

PJ Harvey! Albums: Uh Huh Her, or Dry, or The Peel Sessions, or Stories from the City Stories from the Sea

Skunk Anansie! Album: Paranoid and Sunburnt (maybe the new ones are good, I haven't heard them)
posted by cranberrymonger at 6:53 AM on August 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Maybe That Dog?
posted by amarynth at 6:54 AM on August 25, 2010


Discount
posted by ridogi at 6:56 AM on August 25, 2010


Detriot Cobras?
posted by abirae at 7:00 AM on August 25, 2010


You might enjoy The Vincent Black Shadow.

Not only are they wonderful but their singer has the craziest crazy-eyes I've ever seen on a singer.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 7:03 AM on August 25, 2010


Definately Sleater-Kinney.
posted by Jupiter Jones at 7:09 AM on August 25, 2010


Ida Maria. The Muffs.
posted by misteraitch at 7:11 AM on August 25, 2010


You might like the hugely underrated soundtrack to the "Josie and the Pussycats" movie.
posted by baltimoretim at 7:12 AM on August 25, 2010 [4 favorites]


Sleaaater-Kinney. Earlier albums are closest to the sound you're looking for.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 7:15 AM on August 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


there are a lot of phenomenal punk bands that meet your criteria.

Tsunami Bomb. Take The Reins

Horrorpops. Freaks In Uniform

The Distillers. I Am A Revenant

and kind of impossible to classify, but Jane Jensen! Highway 90 , More Than I Can
posted by namewithoutwords at 7:18 AM on August 25, 2010


Seconding Mary's Danish, the Breeders, and a vote for Electrelane.
posted by iamkimiam at 7:20 AM on August 25, 2010


crap. Freaks In Uniform
posted by namewithoutwords at 7:21 AM on August 25, 2010


No love for The Donnas? They seem to fit the bill.

I might also suggest Spinnerette, Brody Dahl's new band.
posted by Aversion Therapy at 7:23 AM on August 25, 2010


SWEET. This is awesome, I have my lastFM and you-tubing cut out for me. La Roux, the Breeders, Sleater-Kinney are definitely doing it for me and I will explore all these others as soon as I can. Thanks, peoples!
posted by edbles at 7:35 AM on August 25, 2010


If you like kind of a 60's surfrock/rockabilly tinge to distorted rock with great female vocals, you might like Go!Go!7188, which are what the 5678's from Kill Bill want to be when they grow up. (The songs Aah Seishun starts after an oddish video). C7 is another pretty great song by them. 青い亀裂 is probably my favorite by them.

And seconding Bettie Serveert, especially the albums Palomine and Lamprey.
posted by Ghidorah at 8:09 AM on August 25, 2010


I would also suggest The Dirty Projectors, though they aren't *exactly* what you are looking for. They aren't as hard, but definitely strong female vocals (though not all the time).

Also, Santogold is pretty good.

Finally, I cannot believe that no one mentioned Le Tigre and Bikini Kill. Definitely along the (fucking) lines of what you are looking for.
posted by two lights above the sea at 8:12 AM on August 25, 2010


both of these have both dude and girl singers, but you might like em

pretty girls make graves
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/UyKsv2yCc_k/

the like young
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZa8QP62CwA
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 8:34 AM on August 25, 2010


They don't exist anymore, but The Organ were pretty good. And bonus Canadian points.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:58 AM on August 25, 2010


Seconding the Josie and the Pussycats call, it's a fine, fine album!
posted by timpollard at 9:13 AM on August 25, 2010


I'm showing my age here, but check out L7 and The Pandoras, too!
posted by Room 641-A at 9:22 AM on August 25, 2010


I saw Discount up there, but will recommend The Kills featuring the same singer, and The Ravonettes.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 10:06 AM on August 25, 2010


current: Micachu & the Shapes

older: Kleenex (aka Liliput)

(and much of the above, esp. Sleater-Kinney, Helium & the Breeders)
posted by lisa g at 10:18 AM on August 25, 2010


The Gossip
posted by Geameade at 10:27 AM on August 25, 2010


2nding Pretty Girls Make Graves.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:31 PM on August 25, 2010


Seconding The Kills and The Gossip!

Also: Elastica and Sons and Daughters
posted by smallvictories at 4:01 PM on August 25, 2010


Crap, my tab got closed before I posted. I'm too lazy to find all the links again but here were some of the bands:

The Bellrays
Heartless Bastards
The Blow
Blonde Redhead
Bardo Pond
Electrelane
posted by dobbs at 4:27 PM on August 25, 2010


Bit more pop-punk-y, but definitely have some anthem-ish stuff too: The Unlovables

Check out The Mike Herrara Song and Feelin' All Emo...
posted by genehack at 6:39 PM on August 25, 2010


Seconding Tsunami Bomb, and their album "Ultimate Escape" in particular. Pop punk that's not too hardcore, and not too sugary. ("Russian Roulette" and "Say It If You Mean It")

And I'm not sure if they're all that anthem-y, but does Dance Hall Crashers fit the bill?
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 10:17 PM on August 25, 2010


Josie and the Pussycats is the best movie ever!


(join the army)
posted by evadery at 1:11 PM on August 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Not sure if this fits, it's a bit more playful than Sleater-Kinney, for instance, and it's been 10 years since I've heard the music so I may be remembering the music wrong, but maybe Bis?
posted by msbrauer at 7:13 PM on August 29, 2010


Courtney Love has become a sad joke, but Hole used to be genuinely good and perhaps what you're looking for. Check out Live Through This.
posted by learn to read at 10:08 PM on August 29, 2010


Some other bands: X-Ray Spex, Vivian Girls, X, Black Tambourine, Sonic Youth (Kim Gordon's songs at least, Wikipedia's album tracklists helpfully include each song's vocalist).
posted by learn to read at 10:39 PM on August 29, 2010


Rotten Apples, specifically Real Tuff, which definitely kicks ass.

Shonen Knife may be too pop, but they're fun.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:11 AM on August 30, 2010


Nthing:

The Breeders
Sleater Kinney
The Donnas
The Runaways
Hole


And even though they're musically a little more punk, X, the 5,6,7,8 and Melt Banana are pretty awesome.
posted by abirae at 4:46 PM on August 31, 2010


7 Year Bitch.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:19 PM on December 13, 2010


Oh, and Veruca Salt.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:27 PM on December 13, 2010


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