On Monday night, my girlfriend and I went to the Delancey in New York for the premiere party of a documentary called The Gits. The Gits were an early ’90s Seattle punk band, fronted by Mia Zapata (pictured), a bluesy, charismatic singer who was a beloved fixture on the local scene until she was raped and murdered one night in 1993. The doc follows the formation of the band and their subsequent rise in popularity — they were on the brink of signing to a major label — along with the excruciating circumstances of Zapata’s death. The case went unsolved for over a decade until a suspect was convicted in 2004.
The Delancey show was both a vigil for Zapata and a celebration of the music she’d been such an integral part of. One of the highlights was Rrriot!, an all-women tribute band that tore through riot grrrl classics like Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl,” L7’s “Shove”, and Hole’s “Rock Star.” It was a terrific set and a fitting tribute to Zapata, but in the cab on the way home, we couldn’t help but feel a little sad — first, at the memory of a vital performer who died young, and second, because it’d been a long time since we’d seen a show with such anarchic, girl-powered rock. What do you think, PopWatchers: Is it time for another riot grrrl revolution? Or should we all just agree that I’ve gotten old and call it a day? (Oh, and for the uninitiated, check out an embedded Gits video, after the jump!)
addCredit(“Mia Zapata; Charles Peterson / Retna”)