WASI (We Are She Is) is a pop dream for woke grrrls. The queer, feminist duo creates a pop landscape that is both politically engaged and pure danceable fun in a Robyn-meets-Tegan and Sara sort of way. They (Merilou Salazar and Jessie Meehan) were recently called "a more poppish Sleater-Kinney for the next generation" by Curve magazine. Taking seriously the feelings of alienation and self-doubt that they experienced in their young lives, they center their narratives of growing up queer and celebrating the safe spaces they are actively creating.
WASI explains: "The songs on this EP touches on our finding the power within ourselves. It touches base on our past as kids feeling lost in tender times to the power we find in our activism and community."
They just released the music video for "Floor Talk," a song from their most recent EP Coup. The lyrics directly reflect their DIY/ punk aesthetic, referring, for example, to the guitar: "I taught myself to play." The video is a riot pop, West Coast dream. The girls are skydiving, literally floating, bobbing and tumbling through the air in an ecstatic release of control. It is equal parts sunny pop and alienated indie anthem, perfectly reflected by the exhilarating but scary act of skydiving.
WASI is L.A. based and has played across the West Coast at sold out feminist and LGBTQ events. They have even thrown their own music festival - Women Fuck Shit Up Fest (WFSU FEST).
To see them live, check out their upcoming shows:
June 6th - Harvard & Stone - Los Angeles, CA - FREE SHOW
June 24th - OC Pride
October 13 - 15 - Mothership Festival (Beneficiary: Tegan and Sara Foundation)
Stream Coup on Spotify or download here.
Images via Coup
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Miriam Mosher graduated from Smith College before moving to New York where she is a writer by day and beer maven by night. She is a proud feminist, a champion of the semicolon and an avid thrifter. See more from Miriam at Bushwick Daily and Two Cities Literary Review.