[War on Women plays an acoustic set March 7 at Lookout Lounge, 320 S 72nd St, with Ghostwrite and Keith Fertwagner. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets to the all-ages show are $6. RSVP here.]
To say that War On Women is in your face is to say the least. The Baltimore feminist hardcore group is a potent, explosive on-stage concoction of direct outrage and biting sarcasm. Vocalist Shawna Porter’s political and social commentary leaves no corner of capitalism untouched, no gender norm unscathed.
The roaring five-piece took the High Dive stage at this year’s Fest as, ironically, a bachelorette party. It was Halloween, and what better way to celebrate than to shout along with a teaming horde of fans and send-up a traditional wedding ritual.
War On Women’s set was roughly 30 minutes of aggressive, hard-hitting protest rock, Porter bounding across the stage in a tutu and raging against the corporate industrial complex. As she notes in “Swagger,” “talking ain’t the same as being heard.” That night, they made sure it was the latter.
Below, watch War On Women perform “Swagger”: