Great punk rock statement songs are an endangered species, but Melbourne’s, Lazertits have had a classic year.
‘Gender Studies‘ was a sardonic and absolutely catchy commentary on the popular assumptions and misconceptions about feminism; ‘Ladies‘ a statement of power in a patriarchal world, and now their new single, ‘Boss Bitch‘ continues this tradition.
Hammering triumphant call-and-response lines about women in power over droning fuzzed-guitar and a confidently chugging rhythm section, ‘Boss Bitch‘ is a catchy and serrated tongue-in-cheek anthem for all those pant-suit wearing ‘nasty women’; for all those ‘hysterical’ ladies and for all those ‘intimidating’ women who speak their minds.
It’s for all the ladies in charge, who are done with being called bossy.
Watch the video for ‘Boss Bitch‘ below.
The five best friends came together as a band in their late teens and early baby twenties for a one-off performance at a New Years Eve party in 2013/14 as more of a statement, than anything else.
However the friendships started well before that.
Amy, Emily and Rose met in year 7, self referred to as “loner besties,” they bonded over their love of the 90s alternative rock heartthrobs, Janes Addiction and The Used, exchanging mix tapes and taking awkward classical drum lessons with the school’s in house percussion teacher.
After leaving school, the three of them rotated through a share-house in Brunswick, inevitably meeting Lexi and Victoria somewhere between the share house and house parties.
It wasn’t until an annual new years eve festival at a friends property, that the idea of Lazertits even entered the minds of these five; deciding that their male counterparts shouldn’t be the only ones performing at their friends music festival, the girls prepared a performance of 3 songs – 2 covers and 1 original. It was shortly after that show that the first proto-Lazertits song-writing sessions ensued.
They played a handful of house parties and shows, before recording ‘Gender Studies‘, at JMC Academy as a Uni project. The track gained an overtly enthusiastic response from the DIY community – they sold out of t-shirts, packed out venues time and time again – and grabbed the attention of The Age and community radio.
You can catch them live on Sunday 13th November at The Grace Darling in Melbourne, and Sunday 20th November at Corner Hotel in Richmond as part of the venue’s 20th birthday celebrations.
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