“Hanna is one of America’s greatest living rock performers” – The New Yorker
Mistletone presents the first ever Australian tour by The Julie Ruin. Led by Riot Grrrl pioneer Katheen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) and backed by her hand-picked, dream-come-true band (including former Bikini Kill bandmate, Kathi Wilcox and Kenny Mellman of Kiki and Herb fame), The Julie Ruin is an energetic dance-punk whirlwind, the live band providing a tight musical backbone to Hanna’s iconic vocal style. A fresh and fierce expression of Hanna’s whip-smart wit and danceable, raw punk licks, The Julie Ruin will thrill long time fans and newcomers in the wake of the legacy-building documentary film, The Punk Singer. Celebrated, outspoken figure at the forefront of feminist punk, Kathleen Hanna, is vital and relevant as ever, and set to deliver a powerful punch of dance punk to Australian audiences. The Julie Ruin’s debut album Run Fast is out now via Fuse Music Group.
Support comes from Early Woman, an exhilarating, near-new collaboration between Melbourne sweethearts Hannah Brooks (ex Young Professionals, St Helens, Spider Vomit) and Ben Montero (Montero), backed by Bobby Bravington on bass and Caitlin Perry on drums. One of the most compelling new bands to emerge from Melbourne’s abundant music scene, Early Woman are making a distinctive raw attack on classic pop by way of big choruses, Bjorn and Agnetha harmonies, glam stomp and pleading funk.
And between bands, DJ Sveta will sock it to the dancefloor from behind the decks, where she’s been holding forth from Sydney’s queerest and dearest club nights through to the underground parties that line New York City’s sub-cultures and beyond, for almost two decades. Pioneering club nights such as Queer Central and the recently launched Sissy alongside guests Big Freedia & Nita Aviance, this homegrown DJ and producer is considered spinning royalty in her hometown of Sydney and has worked every veritable corner of the scene — both above ground and below — to master a sound that is quintessentially Sveta.
“That girl she holds her head up so high, I think I wanna be her best friend, yeah.” So go the lyrics to Bikini Kill’s punk rock “Rebel Girl.” In 1990s Olympia, Washington, feminist activist Kathleen Hanna was the very girl she sang about-headstrong, seemingly self-confident, and a natural leader. A spoken word poet turned musician, she spearheaded the so-called “Riot grrrl” movement, igniting a revolution with feminist politics and DIY ‘zines that confronted sexism in the media representation of women. But Hanna, the famously outspoken icon that many looked to as a voice of third wave feminism stopped performing in 2005. Six years later she was diagnosed with an advanced case of Lyme disease.
In the feature-length documentary The Punk Singer, director Sini Anderson documents Kathleen Hanna’s legacy using 20 years of archival footage. Interviews with Hanna, Le Tigre’s Johanna Fateman and JD Samson, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney, Hanna’s husband (and Beastie Boy) Adam Horowitz, among others, bring an intimacy to the film and to this vital, influential artist. As Hanna tells the camera, “I lied when I said I was done. I knew I wasn’t done. Singing’s my life, and I have to do it or I’m gonna go totally bananas“. Thus proving she’s still the rebel girl who’s the queen of our hearts.