For the past nine years in Orange County, Grrl Fair has ensured that the flames of riot grrrl feminist-punk ethos popularized in the 1990s never extinguish. Organizers of this year's event have even issued a manifesto of their own describing it as “a time for all grrrl bands to take back the music we were told we could not play.” Aptly taking place in March (Women's History Month), the celebration of women's contributions in music and art Saturday is an excellent way to observe International Women's Day (March 8) a little early while enjoying the often overlooked talents of female fronted acts.
This year's gathering promises, as always, to be an eclectic mix of music genres. Grrl Fair will be featuring acts ranging from the gothic rock sounds of Bad Form to the punk blues of dynamic duo Sydney Ward and Brian Rodriguez who together form the Anus Kings. Another youthful tandem, Chelsea (guitar/vocals) and Justine (drums/vocals) Brown of Riverside's Summer Twins, provide the event with subtle yet insatiable garage rock grooves with just the right hint of pop sensibilities. The Weekly recently caught up with singer-guitarist Chelsea Brown of Summer Twins.
OC Weekly (Gabriel San Roman): Are you really 'Summer Twin' sisters? Or do you just really look alike?
Chelsea Brown: We're actually not twins, but we are sisters! We're only a year and a half apart and very close, so sometimes it feels like we're twins.