Houston Music

Today's Houston Punk-Rock Women Still Rewriting the Rules

As the mid-late 1990s bloomed in the much-hyped "alternative" era, a whole new crop of dual-gender-fueled bands arose in Houston, including the brazen New Wave leanings of Japanic and Modulator, arthouse traditionalists Vulgarians, guitar heroes Gun Crazy, Lucky Motors' limber indie-rock, the Oi! street mayhem of UTA, the taut pop clatter of London Girl, the boiling first-wave punk redux of the Suffragettes, and the manic garage-rock of Junior Varsity.

"No one was really helping me understand what it was like to be a girl like me," recalls Vicky Satterwhite, singer for both London Girl and the Gigi's. "We were all reduced to [being] pretty boring, docile, sex symbols. It's important to remember when it was truly a rarity to see a strong woman rocking the fuck out in front of you."

"Growing up, I was obsessed with finding a common language with the pop singers of the 1980s, like Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and Belinda Carlisle. They were fun," continues the Corpus Christi native. Such women could could project themselves "in such strong ways, which was my own personal breakthrough into feminism," Satterwhite says. "As the decade progressed, I finally started going to shows and was energized by all the women of all genres singing to me, playing for me."

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David Ensminger