Punk is the voice for the voiceless, the middle finger against injustice and one band might just be the best representation for that, War on Women or W.O.W. for short. The feminist co-ed punk band from Baltimore are never afraid to rise and stand against bigotry, racism and sexism.
The band released their new album, Wonderful Hell, on October 30th, just a few days before the presidential elections. It is probably the best time to release this particular album. The band is angry and fed up. The time to pretend everything is fine is over, social injustices are exposed every day, and the urge for change is more significant than ever.
The band previously released the title track “Wonderful Hell” and just recently, “White Lies.” “White Lies” sends a clear message against the ongoing police brutality. The video features real videos of the BLM protest all over the nation. The repeated line, “We politely request you get your boots off our necks,” is the key in the song, just because this is a challenging and sad reality for some.
Another stand out track on this charged album is “This Stolen Land.” The song begins with a children’s singing group performing “This Land is My Land, This Land is Your Land.” As the children’s singing melts away, the drums set in. It is a dark and harsh sound when the vocals set in. It is almost a marching tune overpowered by the screaming of the vocals.
The song “Her” could be the next angry feminist anthem. The song displays all these comments about females in the spotlight, especially female politicians. While there are more and more women elected into leading roles, the comments about them tend to still be pretty sexist and demeaning. These comments can harm future generations of women wanting to pursue a career in politics or other leading positions.
The last song on the album, “Demons,” is the longest, with a run time of six minutes and 30 seconds. It is again a very dark song lead by the drums. Like “This Stolen Land,” it almost has a ‘marching into a battle’ rhythm. The vocals are a little softer and more melodic, almost mystic. Every song on this album has a message, which is nothing new to fans of War On Women. The album is on point with its finger on the pulse, which also shows in songs like “Seeds,” “Milk and Blood” and “The Ash is Not the End.”
Wonderful Hell is full of rage, but it’s a rage many people feel these days. Honestly, it is almost impossible not to feel enraged. War On Women shows listeners how to use this anger creatively by creating this important album. The album is sure to excite the fans and win over others who can feel at home in the powerful emotions of Wonderful Hell.