While many of us were studying algebra and going out for the school play at fourteen, Willow, Lena, Dea, and Rihana of the band Harsh Crowd have already played alongside Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Mac DeMarco. Not to mention, earlier this year they got a shoutout on Twitter by the one and only Gloria Steinem. That’s right, four 14-year-olds from New York City have already done what many artists work a lifetime to accomplish. The group met in 2013 at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls in Brooklyn, NY and since then they have played shows across the New York Metropolitan area.
Back in April of this year, the band put out a music video for their song “Four Walls”, which is off of their EP Don’t Ask Me. It featured the group members jamming out at a New York subway station and includes guest appearances by Marky Ramone of The Ramones and Jessica Pimentel of Orange is the New Black.
Just this past week, on November 4th, the group released their latest EP Better to Bandcamp, Spotify, and iTunes. The album features five new tracks, including the song “Clowns” which encourages a rebellion against the political 1%. The band has stated in numerous interviews that they do not want to be seen as a girl band, instead they want to “bring out the image that women and children under the ages of 18 or 21 can do the same things that any adult or male can do,” says drummer, Lena to New York magazine.
Although these girls undoubtedly have a long career ahead of them and much more to come, at fourteen they prove to all that no dream is too big. And with two of feminism’s biggest influencers on their side, there’s no limit to what these budding musicians can achieve. So keep your eyes peeled for updates from the group and tell the female rock stars in your life that anything is possible.
Photos via Instagram, Twitter, Adam Thomas, and Steven Wright-Mark
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