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Badass Lady Power Picnic by Wimmins' Institute

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Reviewed on 22nd January 2016.


Badass Lady Power Picnic

By Wimmins' Institute

The Wimmins' Institute are the point at which post-feminist pop grows up, has children, and starts singing about popsicles and glitter glue.

Featuring past and present members of The Monochrome Set (drummer / guitarist Jennifer Denitto) and Linus (guitarist / bassist Deb van der Geugten) the London-based quartet have got plenty of musical form. On debut album Badass Lady Power Picnic they turn this into a joyful half-hour of pop culture literate post-punk.

Tracks offer ripostes to the misogyny of the Rolling Stones' 'Brown Sugar' ('(Don't Call Me) Sugar'), everyday sexism ('Mansplaining'), and domineering boyfriends (the Steve Lamacq championed 'Boy Rules'). These are all offered with lyrical humour, ragged girl group harmonies, and Melissa Reardon's irrepressible trumpet.

Vocals may frequently go out of tune but they're delivered with such enthusiasm that, as with The Raincoats, it becomes part of their charm. More conventionally pop-rock than the Odyshape band, they nonetheless share a sense of playfulness.

The only track on which they place a misstep is 'Let It Go On Another Planet' - which segues the Frozen track with The Only Ones' 'Another Girl, Another Planet' - but overall this is a fun album with a strong feminist message.



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