Mixing music and politics can yield uncertain results. In the hands of some artists, this volatile concoction can move the masses (John Lennon, Public Enemy, U2), while in the hands of others, it can come off as merely preachy and annoying (Consolidated, Disposable Heroes of HipHoprisy, U2). On “Feminist Sweepstakes,” the sophomore release from her band Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna shows a knack for both.
During her years as the frontwoman for the influential ’90s band Bikini Kill, the former riot grrrl helped set the stage for female rock and punk acts for years to come. With Le Tigre, she continues her mission; her words direct, her agenda clear and her list of grievances (date rape, homophobia, bigotry) growing.
And the band is equally serious. When they belt out choruses like “Feminists we’re calling you! Please report to the front desk!” you get the feeling that all three members are standing at the entryway to feminist headquarters, tapping their pen on a clipboard, waiting for you to show up.
Read the full review at The Japan Times Online.