It was so popular last year that we decided to do it again! Join us this holiday season as we introduce you to twelve of our favourite podcasts in the 12 Days of Podmas.
Perhaps She Will Rock You’s best review comes from user John Pritchard on Podchaser on 23rd May 2021 in which they wrote, “Clear evidence you don’t need a “Y” chromosome to make a killer podcast about rock ‘n roll.” That’s it. Succinct and to the point.
The premise of this “killer podcast” follows Leah and Bethanne, two women born in the ’90s, going through the history of rock bands whose careers peaked before they were born. One of the key missions of the podcast is to tackle the stereotype of what can be now called “dad rock.” Where the genre can be seen as a “masculine” one, when in fact a lot of the characteristics behind rock and roll were pioneered by a queer black woman (search “Sister Rosetta Tharpe” for more clarity).
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Main episodes are released fortnightly, with Leah and Bethanne switching between telling the story of an artist or a band’s career, giving a general narrative of their origins to where they are in the present day (if they’re still active). Sometimes they’re bands that both are already fans of or are exploring for the first time, and the other host doesn’t know any of the content beforehand. The stories are well researched and, whilst they can be brief – else episodes would be five hours long each – they cover a lot of the main beats of the subject’s life and career.
The podcast often expands from its initial premise, regularly throwing in a “rule breaker” episode in which the hosts cover artists that aren’t exclusively “rock” artists. So you’ll get episodes that can cover bands like ABBA or artists like Taylor Swift. Again, these are treated with the same level of respect and research as their other episodes. These episodes also have the aim of breaking further stigmas of rock music and rock fans that can often look down on pop music.
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In addition, there are also plenty of extra episodes in the guise of interviews with up and coming artists, providing a platform to introduce listeners to all sorts of new talent, from singer-songwriters, bands and even an artist who plays the guitar whilst performing gymnastics. There’s plenty of varied ground to cover in their interviews.
Balancing the informative and the celebrative, She Will Rock You not only guides you in the direction of new artists, but it’s proof that a new generation of rock fans are not only respecting the history of the genre, but embracing it for the future.
You can find She Will Rock You on various podcast services.