Today is International Women’s Day and although we should be supporting women and non-binary folk at all times, I guess now’s as good a time as any to showcase some of the raw talent hailing from our shores.

The heavy music scene in Australia is predominantly dude-dominated, this we all know. Many people believe that this is because women simply don’t step up to the task of being in a band. Some even go as far as saying that women just aren’t “as good” as men in alternative music (yes, someone actually said that).

Well that’s just a load of bullshit, really. There are plenty of female-identifying musos out there who totally rock – we just have to listen.

Listed below are some incredible bands from our own backyard – all of which include female members.

The Beautiful Monument

These Melbourne ladies are one of my favourite bands as of late. Heavy and melodic, they absolutely own their stuff. Falling somewhere on the alternative rock spectrum, The Beautiful Monument have recently released their debut album I’m The Sin and will be supporting I Prevail on the Melbourne leg of their headlining tour on April 1st.

Saviour

Perth hardcore favourites Saviour have reformed earlier this year, adding Shontay Snow to the lineup as a permanent member. Snow brings a sweet touch to the band’s heavy work, her soothing vocals and key work are admirable by fans and musicians alike.

Glitoris

This Canberra all-girl band is reclaiming all things punk and glitter with their outspoken songs that truly capture the essence of protest music. The band have most recently released an anti-Trump song with all proceeds going towards ACLU, the UN Refugee Agency and Amnesty International #legends.

Aces & Eights

Aces & Eights hail from the shores of Sydney and have worked alongside the likes of Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive. Scoring some airplay on Triple J in 2016, the band have earned themselves a clique following on social media.

Pagan

Dubbing their sound as “blackened rock & roll”, Melbourne’s Pagan are working towards being a household name in alternative music. Having torn the Unify Festival stage a new one this year, frontwoman Nikola Brumen proves that gender does not determine how much you rock. She also fronts Little Lamb & The Rosemary’s and is a full-time badass.

Make Them Suffer

Perth band Make Them Suffer are on the forefront of Australian heavy music and owning every aspect of it. The band have an exciting year ahead of them, having recently been announced as supports for The Amity Affliction on their headliner – playing alongside much loved PVRIS and Beartooth.

These are just a few examples of the bigger list of ladies in alternative music. We have so much talent walking among us and it’s our responsibility to give female artists a listening ear.