Don’t let the event name fool you. The Good Girl Party was bursting with badass ladies who shredded everybody to the bone.
The night wasn’t just about powerful females in rock ‘n roll. It also provided patrons with independent publications and designer vendors offering feminist zines, accessories and art. The bands Lola Pistola, Mima Good, Pom Pom Squad and Menjuje, were joined by Bitchfist accessories, Womanly Magazine, Boring Boys Club studios and MACC Fems anarchist group to create the ultimate night of female empowerment.
After perusing the tables of Good Girl zines by the feminist publication Womanly and trying on a few leather collars with spikes, Menjuje kicked off the music. It was the second show ever for the badass three-piece band.
It’s always fun to see a new band. You can feel their nerves. Not the kind of nerves you get before an exam or breaking up with someone; the kind of nerves you get when you see your crush or finally master something you love. Menjuje shared these beautiful butterflies in their stomach with the audience and captivated everyone. Their guitar shredding and Sabbath-influenced melodies created a foundation for the night of metal and deadly tunes.
Pom Pom Squad was equally badass, but not that slap-you-in-the-face threatening metal as Menjuje. On the stage solo, Pom Pom Squad, aka Mia Berrinwielded, wielded her guitar like a majestic sword. Her catchy and sultry melodies brought everyone to tears with her feel-all-the-feels songs about heartbreak and anxiety.
Keeping in the same vein of musical therapy, Mima Good prefaced her song by asking the room, “who sees a therapist?” Of course, this is NYC, so the crowd roared and Mima Good played her EP title track “Good Girl.” She told the audience that her therapist inspired the song. Apparently, her 70-something-year-old therapist was out dancing when an obviously creepy guy asked her to dance. Despite all the red flags, she said yes. Immediately he got creepy and that’s when she realized she only ignored her instincts because society molded her to be a “good girl.” In her latex pink dress and bouncy ponytails, Mima Good played her sparkling song about sticking to her own guns, even when society expects you to be a good girl.
The venue bursted with righteousness from all the men and women supporting each other and everyone shined proudly with confidence once Lola Pistola took the stage. Sadly, since it was almost midnight on a rainy Tuesday night, the crowd had thinned. It’s truly unfortunate because Lola was the most epic of them all that night. Joined by Alex from Evil Jesus Band on drums, Arvelisse Ruby aka Lola Pistola didn’t let the less-crowded room stop her from giving it her all. She took a shot and started rockin’. She wailed into the mic “I’m stupid, but you know that” while the coolest people in the room headbanged and screamed along. (Yes, I include myself in that sentence …)
You know, I hate pointing out that nights are female fronted, because that should just be the normal. But, to be honest, I need nights like this to remind me that I’m strong, because society hasn’t quite learned how to do that yet.