Virginia’s First Transgender Legislator Is Also a Metalhead

Cab Ride Home is the most influential metal band you’ve never heard of.

They’re riding a high no other metal band’s ever experienced. After forming in 2009 and enjoying career highlights like opening for the Misfits, their 2017 album Crash The Gate realizes musical potential hinted at in previous releases like The Intoxicated Massacre.

And their lead singer Danica Roem just became the first openly transgender person to ever be elected to anything in Virginia.

Her victory is quite the historical achievement and congratulations to Roem and her supporters—I heartedly applaud you.

However, as a music journalist, I’d like to take the time to look at the music side.

Roem is bringing a new light to this type of music associated with scandals, church burnings and Satan worship. She sings about injustices and hardships for the people—she used music to express her frustrations, but now she can actually do something to create change.

Personally, I’ve never been a metalhead. I’ll enjoy the sporadic Gwar music video from time to time, but don’t expect to see me at a metal concert. However, with Roem fronting Cab Ride Home, I may just have to give the genre a second look.

“Just because I sing in a heavy metal band while spinning my head in circles and getting paid to do it, why can’t I run for government,” Roem told Noisey this past summer. “Why would I have to change who I am in order to run for government? I’ve already had to go through transformative change.”

Crash The Gate has classic metal riffs that go into intricate guitar solos and frenzied drum rolls. The drumming is hard-hitting and build from slow and epic to fast and full of urgent dread.

Roem’s vocals are hardcore. She growls and shouts raspy into the mic singing lyrics like “whiskey’s all we need” or, like in the title track, angrily lists off mental illnesses. Other intense lyrics are so chaotic that I can’t even understand what she’s saying—exactly how a good metal song should be.

I’m in no way a political journalist here. But I am a music journalist, and I can tell you with full confidence that Roem totally rocks. Check out her pipes below—and rock on, Virginia.

Live 2016

Live 2015

Cab Ride Home opening for The Misfits, 2009

”Brawl At The Bar” Live, 2009