When Bitch released our Loud issue way back in September, our Pop Culture Debate Club at our local feminist bookstore and community center (slash last-standing feminist non-profit outpost!) In Other Words had chips and salsa, small dogs, and no lack of heated debate....over who was the greatest female rocker OF ALL TIME. While no one can say Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders isn't a total bad-ass, an unlikely argument was made for one Mariah Carey as the ultimate lady rocker and would you believe me if I said I wasn't just a little convinced? Chelsea Morrisey made the claim, and is on her way to rockstardom herself as a founding member and frontwoman of the emerging Portland band Dirty Mittens,who I had the chance to see the other night!
Chelsea Morrisey (right) loses her guitar momentarily to reach for the stars. Photo by Michael Barrett.
I had the luck to catch them (alongside Church) celebrating their third birthday with a free show! What started out as a lo-fi trio has morphed into a six-piece pop machine, complete with soulful organ, rhythm guitar, Chelsea's distinctive vocals (she was definitely channeling Mimi at times), and some serious saxophone that has been to the other side of irony and back.
Dirty Mittens has a fun sound and good lyrics to boot, filling the straight-up pop-rock hole in the post-punk, 80s-electro-revisionist, neo-folk laden scenes of Portland. No word yet on a tour, but in the meantime you can fill these last few days (weeks?) of winter with a little bounce! (You can't argue with a cover of fellow-Nor'westers Fleet Foxes!)
Download Dirty Mittens here or on their website!
Dirty Mittens - Small Things
Dirty Mittens - The Dock
Dirty Mittens - White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes Cover)