Five Questions With… Sin Lencería

Band: Sin Lencería
Country of Origin: Chile

I wish we lived in a world where riot grrrl punk was unnecessary but, unfortunately, we live in society where it’s more crucial than ever. Paired with their urgent, crucial message, Sin Lencería kick out solid punk tunes that are catchy, anthemic, and cathartic. And, in true punk-as-fuck fashion, the members of Sin Lencería are more than just kick-ass musicians, they’re activists working within their scene to make it a safer, more-inclusive community for women.

The band is going to release a new single very soon! They’ve been working on it this past few months and it’s finally ready for release. Until then, plug your ears into their fantastic debut full-length from last year:

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without)

Kenia: I love everything about Bikini Kill, but Revolution Girl Style Now! is just the best album for me, I love it!
Ade: Every time I need an extra dose of energy I listen to Distillers, and their álbum Sing Sing Death House fills me with power haha.
Pauli: I really love the band Marea (from Spain), their album Revolcon and the song ‘El perro verde’. I just love them! that’s why I like to call myself ‘Paulimareada’ (people confuses it with ‘mareado= dizzy’ as for drunkenness haha)

2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?

The band was formed in 2012, when Kenia (bassist) had the idea to make an all girl punk rock band. She began searching for partners and on the same year met Pauli (drummer) through mutual friends. We were both feminists and loved making music so we became friends really fast. Finding our guitar player was harder tho, because having a band is very demanding so we needed a girl with the same level of craziness, compromise and Grrrl power! And that happened in 2017, when finally met Ade on a parallel music Project, a Misfits tribute band where she was the main vocal. We invited her to play guitar for fun, but we got along so well that she stayed permanently and we officially became a power trio. We’re all basically sisters now haha.

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

Feminism has become very important on the Chilean underground scene. We’re part of a collective called ‘Mujeres al frente’ (Girls to the front, based on the riot grrrl movement from the 90’s), where our main goal is to create a safer environment for all women on the scene and also support each other between female musicians and spread feminism and sorority through music, gigs and different type of gatherings. There are some punk boys and bands that use the scene to abuse or harass girls, so we try to expose them and create awareness that sexism and discrimination are not ok and we should not support people that create that kind of dangerous and toxic environment for others. The punk scene is supposed to be a place for misfits and outcasts, but harassing women and making them feel like they have to remove themselves from there is the complete opposite. So that’s why we like to keep making music and activism, because Latin America is still very cruel and unfair with women.

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

Our main influence is feminism and the problems that women have to experience on their daily lives (in Chile and around the globe) we like to fight against Street harassment, feminicides, violence, salary inequality and discrimination. On this subject, we also like to study a lot and learn from other activists like Rita Segato, Paul Preciado and Judith Butler. The collective ‘Las Tesis’ are also a new inspiration for us.

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

Our favorite show inside the punk scene was the first gig of ‘Mujeres al frente’. It was very cool to see so many girls on the mosh pit and also, when we sang ‘No quiero tus piropos’ (I don’t want you catcalls) the girls in the crowd grabbed one of our mics and began singing and screaming with us. It was beautiful and cathartic. Another important show for us was ‘Cosquín Rock Chile’, because it was our first ‘big’ show and outside the punk scene, so it felt very challenging but everything went fine and we were happy that our message was spread to different types of people. There, we were also happy to share stage with musicians like ‘Los peores de Chile’, ‘La vela Puerca’ (from Uruguay), Colombina Parra (Chile) and Ska-P (Spain).

Ryan

Ryan first discovered his love of radio at WSOE FM, where he spent all 4 years of college as a DJ, 2 as program director, and 1 as general manager. While his musical tastes are fairly broad, he has a big nerdy spot in his heart for prog rock.