Femme Fatale at the Distortion

Femme Fatale: A Celebration Of Women In Music

My first show of 2018 was on February 24th at the Distortion for Femme Fatale: A Celebration of Women in Music. The night featured Calgary and Edmonton bands with female members and was spearheaded by promoter Celestia Scarlett and Metalheads United. The event also had a silent auction, local vendors selling various wares and even a massage service to raise funds to donate to the Women’s Centre of Calgary.

The show came about because of a Facebook conversation regarding favourite Alberta female vocalists or female fronted bands. The women being named in the thread expressed interest in playing a show together and luckily there was someone ready to take on the planning and put together a wicked line up of bands featuring some very talented women working hard in the local music scene. For all the varying subgenres of bands on the stage, every one of the women brought passion, skill and their own style of vocals and stage presence – it was very inspiring to watch.

Breaking The Silent from Edmonton kicked off the night but unfortunately I was not able to get to the venue in time to catch them after work. I arrived just as they were finishing their last song.

Calgary based Trær is a band I have been wanting to see live since bassist/vocalist Nekrohermit told me she was working on the project (It’s a been a while, and I’ve been bad at attending shows…). Nekro brings an intense stage presence to the shadowy doom influenced black metal music the band delivers.

Nekrohermit, Trær

Nekrohermit, Trær

Nekrohermit, Trær

Nekrohermit, Trær

Pervcore, another Calgary act, took us to a more upbeat thrash punk set with vocalists Emi Van Der Pol and TerraLee Doolittle entertaining and singing raunchy in your face lyrics. The set seemed toned down based on what I had heard about previous antics and a few fans having some requests denied. Some of this could have been due to the tight schedule for the night and the band wanting to get through their setlist. There were a couple instances of cleavage beer guzzling though.

Emi and Terra Lee, Pervcore

Emi, Pervcore

Terra Lee, Pervcore

Terra Lee, Pervcore

Emi, Pervcore

Edmonton’s Tessitura has been around the scene for almost ten years, but it was only recently that Cyn Mercredi joined as lead vocalist. Mercredi is one of the best death metal vocalists in Alberta and the Distortion crowd was stoked to see this band. It’s hard to pick favourites from this night, but its possible Mercredi may have tipped me over to pick this set as my favourite. Even with that Spice Girls cover ;).

Cyn Mercredi, Tessitura

Cyn Mercredi, Tessitura

Cyn Mercredi, Tessitura

Cyn Mercredi, Tessitura

A notable force in the Calgary music scene, Caveat’s reformed rendition as a five piece now includes Amanda Marie Bourden as a keyboardist and vocalist. Based on the new material heard during their set and a conversation with founding member and bassist Greg Musgrave, Bourden is going to have more vocal parts on their upcoming album and its going to be awesome.

Amanda Bourden, Caveat

Amanda Bourden, Caveat

Amanda Bourden, Caveat

Amanda Bourden, Caveat

Ending off the night was another staple and long running Alberta act, The Order of Chaos from Edmonton. Every single person in this band doesn’t just play their instrument well, they put on a show and get the crowd engaged. Frontwoman Amanda Kiernan somehow always seems to add a bit more to her performances every time I catch The Order of Chaos. From her outfits, poses, vocals, she is a woman who is passionate and thoughtful about her craft.

Amanda Kiernan, The Order of Chaos, Heavy Metal Female Vocalist

Amanda Kiernan, The Order of Chaos

Amanda Kiernan, The Order of Chaos

This post does mostly feature the female members of the bands – and well we were celebrating the female musicians and vocalist – but I will put up an album with more photos from the show eventually. This past week has been crazy for editing and at the time of this blog posting, I don’t have internet at my new home yet.