Her War Is Our War is the go-to doco on heavy scene representation – short.fast.loud
Josh from Short.Fast.Loud talks to director Christina Rowatt and the feminist punks she’s followed on the road, War On Women.
The battle cry of the punk rock scene has always been to fight for the underdogs, the excluded and those not represented on the world stages.
While it’s fair to say that we still have such a long way to go, in the few short years that I have hosted Short.Fast.Loud., The influx of women, queer, trans and people from non-conforming kind who chose microphones and instruments started a raging fire inside of me to detonate these rooftop bands.
From GLOSS to Pagan, from RedHook to SeeYouSpaceCowboy, alternate voices with vitally important messages took to the stage to make their words heard. During my very first year on Short.Fast.Loud., I came across a band called War On Women, a mixed-sex feminist hardcore band singing about abortion rights, misogyny, and imbalanced power structures in the world, and I was instantly blown away. by the force of their work. From the first second, I was instantly a huge fan.
Flash forward 4 years and the group is ultimately touring Australia as part of the Download 2019 lineup, alongside powerful women in bands like Code Orange, High Tension, Halestorm and Outright.
I was lucky enough to stumble upon (and expand heavily, forgetting the few rules of etiquette behind the scenes at the festival) War on Women singer Shawna Potter. In doing so, I also met filmmaker and media personality Christina Rowatt, who was making a documentary about War On Women and its place in the struggle for equality and diversity within the music industry.
I started asking a few questions and before I knew it I accidentally found myself in the documentary when Christina put the microphone in my hand and asked me “Why is the war on women so?” important to you? “
After a year of hard work, Christina unleashed her worldview. His war is our war features interviews with Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Nate Newton (Converge), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) and archive footage with Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy) and Shirley Manson (Garbage), as well as all the members of War On Women.
It’s a must-read for anyone in the alternative scene to better understand its core issues, as well as the ways you can become an ally. And you can watch it in full below.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Christina and Shawna about their experiences both in the documentary and in the scene as a whole.
Christina explained that the impetus behind the doco has a lot to do with War On Women’s 2018 release “Capture The Flag”.
“I asked a friend to recommend War On Women’s latest album to his best of the year list. I listened to it and I was like, ‘Oh my god!’
“I like punk and I like hardcore and I like heavy music in general but there’s a lot of stuff I hear and it’s like … It’s not the same rage as the women feel. ”
Christina went on to explain how her experiences at past heavy music festivals had not been as diverse as one might hope.
“I have worked behind the scenes at the Soundwave Festival for many years and think I have spoken to four women the entire time.”
His war is our war focuses on the portrayal of women, trans and gender nonconforming in the heavy scene, and how these are vitally important voices and faces that should be heard and experienced.
Shawna reflected on her first memory of performing – seeing someone she could relate to, swinging as hard as any boy.
“Oh, I remember that vividly. I grew up having MTV as a babysitter and had seen a Joan Jett video. But I was just like, ‘Okay, that’s old. music.’ But when I saw a video for the band Hole, I was like, ‘Ohhh … can I play guitar? Are you serious? Like, could I do that?
“Hey mom, I want a guitar for Christmas! ” That was it. It got me on a journey to play rock music. “
Her full interview with Shawna Potter of War On Women and filmmaker Christina Rowatt: