With International Women’s Day coming in hot, it’s time once again to check in with the future rock stars of Australia and meet some of the bands that have cropped up out of the Girls Rock! music camps across the country.
Since it’s inception in 2015 in Canberra, the youth camp champions girls, trans, and non-binary youth right across Aus, with week-long activities now happening in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and for the first time, Perth.
And Adelaide, you’re up for your first camp in July.
The wee angels spend a week of day camps learning how to write and play as a collective, design and print merch, write songs, and play instruments, and it all ends up at the end of the week in a showcase at a local venue. If that’s not the most wholesome thing on God’s green earth then I don’t wish to know what is.
You might have also spotted the Girls Rock! teams at Laneway Festival this year, as the first GR! stage was featured at each date of the big fest, with acts from as big as Courtney Barnett and Alex Lahey through to Girls Rock! Camp alumni shredded through the summer shows.
Campers have also previously played huge stages like Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, making up the childrens choir for Roger Waters‘ latest tour down under.
Without further ado, here are some of the best bb bands to come out of the recent Girls Rock! day camps in 2019 so far.
Hailing from Melbourne, The Vovos were born from a couple of sisters and a group of friends who all went to the Melb Girls Rock! camp. They’ve been working hard and scored a sweet spot at the 2019 Sydney Rd Festival in Brunswick.
Blending sugary indie pop with the perfect amount of teen angst, The Vovos belt it out of the park with their track, ‘Youth These Days‘, which you can pick up on their Bandcamp over here.
Coming red hot out of Brisbane’s most recent week-long event, Other Erin is made up of Georgia, Quinn, and Charlie; three of the older girls from last year’s camp. They don’t yet have any music out, but they played on the Girls Rock! stage at this year’s Laneway Festival with Whalehouse, which is frankly HUGE.
Forming at this year’s Melbourne camp, five-piece Milk Crate has just put together their first EP after being a part of the Melb camp’s first ‘Studio Sessions’ program, where they spent two days at Audrey Studios in Coburg laying down some slick tracks.
With three originals and a cover of their heroes Lazertits‘ track, ‘Crying At The Tote‘, check out the girls’ EP, ‘a ratbags guide to conquering the modern world‘ over on their Bandcamp.
TEEN JESUS AND THE JEAN TEASERS
Kicking things off in 2015, Teen Jesus And The Jean Teasers includes two former campers and interns from the OG Girls Rock! camp in the nation’s capital, Scarlett on guitar, and Neve on drums. TJJT have gone on to support the likes of Polish Club, Pist Idiots and RAAVE TAPES, and scored a sweet spot on the Sydney Laneway Girls Rock! stage.
Check out their fine wares over on Unearthed and try saying their name five times fast. Bet you can’t.
Girls Rock! camps have been held yearly in Australia since 2015, and if you know a teenager who’s itching to get out there and get their jam band on, then you can check out your closest camp over on the Girls Rock! Australia website.Image: Instagram / The Vovos