Thursdays With J.R. – Femegades

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

This week’s letter is F.  F is for Femegades but also for FUCK this song has a stiff but poignant message and I absolutely love it.  The track that spun me into self-reflection as a father to three daughters was “Speechless”.  The recording is pure and clean though fuzzy and ripping throughout.  Lyrics come harsh, brash and honest as that capital F we spoke of.  The subject matter of “but not ALL men” and the likes of those that hide behind that trope loads lyrics that question the intentions and actions of said men.  Lines like “that joke about her down on her knees” and “you watched while she didn’t consent”.  The catchy chorus sarcastically taunts the notion that not all men are like this, at least until their daughters are of age.  The bridge and breakdowns are packed with tight and pulsing drums as she brings it home repeating “eyes wide shut, not all men”.  I really enjoyed the modulated chorus that rounds out the tight, simple yet brilliant original riff.  Bringing the key up a notch is a novel yet satisfying way to bring a song to an end.  This song will make you think about what you say and do, music should do that, especially with a message that’s unfortunately so topical in today’s world. I guess I’m here to say thank you, Femegades.  Great tune. 

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