Feminist punk pioneers Frightwig have come full circle. Co-founders Deanna Mitchell and Mia Simmans formed the band in San Francisco in 1982, and made it their mission to dismantle the patriarchy, one hilariously hell-raising song at a time. Two cult-favorite albums (1984’s Cat Farm Faboo and 1986’s Faster, Frightwig, Kill! Kill!) and two EPs (1989’s Phone Sexy and 2013’s Hit Return) unleashed songs like “My Crotch Does Not Say Go,” “A Man’s Gotta Do What a Man’s Gotta Do,” and “Crazy World” into the universe. Tours with Flipper, Butthole Surfers, and Redd Kross helped introduce crowds to Frightwig’s raucous live shows, inspiring Hole, Bikini Kill, L7, and Lunachicks, among others. Throughout line-up changes, motherhood, and hiatuses, Frightwig remained committed to their original ideals. Before beloved drummer Cecilia Kuhn passed away in 2017, she urged her bandmates to keep spreading the music and message. After some deep soul searching, Deanna and Mia eventually found themselves in a room, just the two of them and their instruments. This was how Frightwig started, and this is how Frightwig will continue—with Saint Cecilia’s blessing. You better get ready.
Written by Jeanne Fury 4.1.2019