• Callum Rowland

Appreciation for Female Fronted Bands

Hello everyone, welcome to Full Volume and my brand-new site, which of course comes with brand new content! If you’re new here, I will be trying to post twice a week (Don’t hold me to that), and keeping the posts mostly random with whatever I feel like writing about, and so you never know what’s coming next!

This post is set to be an appreciation post for female fronted bands, and one that I have been wanting to post for a while. For years female fronted bands have been becoming much more prominent in the music world, with bands such as ‘Gladys Knight and the Pips’ and ‘The Carpenters’ paving the way for female leads since the 60's and 70's. In this post I am going to talk about a few of my favourite bands with female leads, including one of the old school bands from before my time (but not too far!), as well as some of the female fronted bands I have grown up listening to and love listening to now. Anyway, that’s enough waffle from me, let’s talk music:

Wolf Alice - Lead Singer: Ellie Rowsell

Hailing from London, England, Wolf Alice are an incredible indie/rock band lead by Ellie Rowsell. The band formed way back in 2010, originally as an acoustic duo, before changing to a four-piece band 2 years later. The band have been nominated for multiple awards over the years, winning NMEs Best Live Band award in 2016, and most notably, winning the 2018 Mercury Prize for their album ‘Visions of a Life’, beating the likes of The Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher and Lily Allen. I have been fortunate enough to see Wolf Alice live twice and they are absolutely amazing, and I hope to see them again in the near future!

Pale Waves – Lead Singer: Heather Baron-Gracie

A newly emerged band on the indie rock scene, Pale Waves have gone from strength to strength since releasing their first EP back in February last year, releasing a debut album and touring with label-mates ‘The 1975’. Pale Waves have been one of my favourite emerging bands in recent times and seem to be getting bigger and bigger each time their name is mentioned, and even headlined 110 Above festival this summer alongside indie veterans ‘Mystery Jets’. I expect they will be looking to release new music soon and I will look forward to listening.

The Cranberries – Lead Singer: Dolores O’Riordan

An older name than the previous mentioned bands, but certainly not strangers to music fans and the music community! The Cranberries are an Irish band formed in 1989, originally with a male lead in the form of Niall Quinn, who was replaced just a year later with the amazing Dolores O’Riordan. The band disbanded in 2003, announcing they were taking time out to pursue solo careers, before reuniting again in 2009. In January last year, it was announced that O’Riordan had passed away unexpectedly, and so the band released their final piece of music ‘In the End’, stating that this was the last music The Cranberries would release. An incredible band that have cemented themselves in rock history.

Paramore – Lead Singer: Haley Williams

Another one of the biggest names in rock music, Paramore are an American band formed in 2004. They have been one of the biggest names in rock over the last 10 years or so, with their style varying from pop punk to hard rock. Haley Williams has mentioned bands such The Ramones, The Smiths and The Cure as personal influences on the bands own music. Paramore have now released 5 studio albums, with their debut album being released all the way back in 2005, and the band are still producing great music to date.

You can listen to music from the 4 bands I have mentioned using the link below or directly from my site via a small playlist I have created. I would like to know who some of your favourite female fronted bands are so be sure to comment on this post or tweet me @FullVolumeBlogs. Next post coming Thursday in the form of a 'Throwback Thursday'!


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