Bikini Kill: Revolution Girl Style Now
Previously Unreleased “Ocean Song”
Revealed Today With The New York Times
"'Revolution Girl Style Now' emerges as ... a portrait of a nascent band just beginning to figure out what it wants to be. It’s a picture that might surprise fans of the frenetic, throaty feminine subversion for which Bikini Kill would become famous..." – The New York Times
Reissue Featuring Three Unreleased Songs
Available For The First Time On Vinyl, CD & Digitally
September 22 via Bikini Kill Records
Photo Credit: Allison Wolfe
The infamously fierce feminist punk pioneers, Bikini Kill, offer a glimpse into the history of their very first demo tape, the feminist punk movement, riot grrrl, and reveal the previously unreleased “Ocean Song” today with The New York Times. The track comes in anticipation of the band’s Revolution Girl Style Now reissue, set for release on September 22 via Bikini Kill Records that features three previously unreleased songs: “Playground”, “Ocean Song”, and “Just Once.”
The Revolution Girl Style Now demo tape was originally self-released in May of 1991. The demo was recorded by Pat Maley at the ABC House in Olympia, WA earlier that year. Bikini Kill played one of their first shows at the house the night before and left their equipment set up to record the demo the next day. For this reissue, the songs were mixed by Guy Picciotto (Fugazi) and mastered by John Golden.
Comprised of Kathleen Hanna (vocals), Tobi Vail (drums), Billy Karren (guitar), and Kathi Wilcox, Bikini Kill was a feminist punk band based in Olympia, WA and Washington DC, forming in 1990 and breaking up in 1997. Bikini Kill actively encouraged women to start bands as a means of cultural resistance and used touring as a way to create an underground network between girls who played music, put on shows and made fanzines. This informal network created a forum for multiple female voices to be heard and built a feminist community through the punk scene.