Four on the Floor: 90s-Influenced Female Rockers

Written by Rory Burbeck | Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013

With today’s edition of Four on the Floor, we’re taking you back with four 90s-influenced grunge-rock bands that are led by women. If you’re looking for a sound along the lines of Nirvana or Sonic Youth at SXSW 2014, then you should start with these bands.


Erika M. Anderson, better known as EMA, grew up playing in riot grrrl-influenced bands in South Dakota. She fled to California where she formed folk/grunge band Gowns with Ezra Buchla. After Gowns disbanded in 2010, EMA moved to Portland and began to focus on her solo work. Her solo debut, 2011’s Past Life Martyred Saints, presents an interesting balance between noise-rock and folk elements, combined with her breathy, ominous tone.
RIYL: Sonic Youth, Cat Power, PJ Harvey

SXSW 2014 Artist EMA


Clash Music describes Wolf Alice’s sound as “the lovechild of folk and grunge.” Initially formed in 2010 as the solo project of singer Ellie Roswell, the London-based Wolf Alice have released a few popular singles and a new EP, entitled Blush, this year. Wolf Alice is part of DIY’s “Class of 2014” and they’re set to make their SXSW debut in March.
RIYL: Elastica, Pixies, Throwing Muses

SXSW 2014 Band Wolf Alice


Baby In Vain’s sound has been described as dirty, filthy, and heavy, all meant as positive descriptors for this Danish rock trio. With an incredibly developed sound for such a young age - the band members are between ages of 17 and 19 - Baby In Vain have already garnered vocal support from the likes of Thurston Moore. If you’re searching for a thick sludge metal sound, look no further than Baby In Vain.
RIYL: Black Sabbath, Babes In Toyland, Th' Faith Healers

SXSW 2014 Band Baby In Vain


Ume’s sound is driven by the pure energy of the instruments, a fast-paced wall of sound centered around heavy guitars - and people are liking what they hear. Anthony Bourdain, acclaimed food expert and TV show host, has given Ume a vote of confidence - not only did he feature the band on No Reservations, he was also spotted at their concert while he was in Austin filming the show. The Austin-based indie rock trio are set to release a new album just in time for their next appearance at SXSW this March.
RIYL: The Joy Formidable, Smashing Pumpkins

SXSW 2014 Band Ume

Keep up with the list of showcasing artists here.

Photo credits:
EMA photo by Erika Anderson
Wolf Alice photo courtesy of the artist
Baby In Vain photo courtesy of the artist
Ume photo courtesy of the artist