The Future of Grunge is Female: Daddy Issues in Breakfest 2018

I love finding like minded people to bond with over music. So I was super excited to come across this trio of bad ass girls in a grunge band. Their lyrics are unapologetic mirrors of themselves, and their instruments are an extension of their vocals, screaming about their unabashed individuality. Daddy Issues has tenacious anthems, ranging from how dumb boys are to how weird girls can be. The band has been on my list to see live ever since I came across their totally relatable track, “Unicorns & Rainbows (Boyfriend).” Getting the chance to see them at Breakfest was just the extra push I needed to buy a plane ticket out to Tennessee.

The best thing about Daddy Issues is how authentic and relatable they are. Being a young adult without any real direction in life can feel super isolating. Yet seeing these girls on a stage and hearing them talk about their own struggles was empowering to know that we’re never really alone. Their vocalist, Jenna Moynihan, did a great job setting up all the tracks with a little back story of she was in life while writing the song they were about to perform. From dropping out of college to never wanting to leave the house, I felt like these songs really were written for me.

Perhaps one of the funnest things about Daddy Issues’ performances is their aesthetic, juxtaposing dirty grunge music with delicate outfits like a feminine red dress and floral prints. It adds to their refusal to apologize for who they are. Yes, they’re girls, but that doesn’t mean they can’t rock some of the best grunge in the music scene. Check out the clip below to see what I’m talking about. It’s a live video of Daddy Issues performing their song, Lemon.

If you’re looking for music that will help you stay away from “gross feelings” and remind you that you’re not the only “creepy bitch,” then Daddy Issues will speak to your soul. At least it did to mine.  If you’re into it, make sure to check out their spotify! Let me know in the comments what y’all think of the band! Am I the only weird one who finds these songs relatable?


PS Next week’s post will be about my time in Nashville and New Found Glory‘s new breakfast themed music festival, Breakfest! Make sure you’re subscribed so you know when the post is up. It’ll have loads of good stuff, like Will Pugh from Cartel and Ryan Key from Yellowcard!


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Rose has always been passionate about music and writing. Through Rose Likes Rock, she hopes to connect the two while also building a community for others with unique musical tastes. She makes it a priority to attend at least 2-3 live music events each month in order to keep the music knowledge and recommendations overflowing.

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