February 23, 2016 | by Bryne Yancey

By my count, 15 of the 19 songs I played on Noise Complaint this week feature female, trans or queer members.

This isn’t meant to be boastful; certainly, the show is not normally this dude-scarce because let’s face it, there is no shortage of dudes in punk (this punk dude included). I suppose it’s intended more as a reminder of the great, more inclusive direction in which our scene is headed. There’s still a lot of work to do and a long way to go before anything resembling true equality is achieved, but we take steps where we can take them.

On a similar note, this week’s show is a snapshot at the diversity these non-males are bringing to the punk scene—Accidente are a wonderfully dark and catchy punk band from Spain; Ratboys, from Chicago, occasionally channel the crunchy vastness of Built To Spill but mostly are reminiscent of the Weakerthans’ catchier, more rustic moments; Downtrodder are a new, fiery, immediately vital-sounding hardcore band from right here in Philadelphia; Petrol Girls, from the U.K., take a more melodic, tuneful approach but appear to be just as pissed off—and rightfully so. I could go on. It’s a wonderful thing.

Check out a stream of this week’s show below. Noise Complaint airs worldwide every Monday at 10 p.m. ET and Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on Y-Not Radio.

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