An amalgamation of female artists in and around the underground, alternative, and punk scenes have come together to release the Hands Off! cassette. The 22-track offering comes in direct response to the sexual misconduct allegations that brought down indie-alt label Burger Records earlier this year.
Featured on the Hands Off! cassette are Courtney Barnett, Kathleen Hanna, Alice Bag, L7, Exene Cervenka (X), Amyl and the Sniffers, Palehound, and many more. The compilation was curated and produced by Miss Alex White (White Mystery), May McDonough (Psychedelic Cherry), LG (Thelma & the Sleaze), and Charlie Kaplan (Tapehead City).
Proceeds from the cassette, slated for release on December 1st, will all go to benefit “nonprofits that focus on the empowerment of young women.”
“This is a statement about there being no tolerance for predatory behavior in the rock scene,” LG of Thelma & the Sleaze said. “The buck stops here. We wanted to put together something special by womxn to empower womxn as a collective force for change. Cassette culture and DIY culture must progress and maintain its importance moving forward for a better tomorrow, inclusion, accessibility for all artists. F*ck boys’ clubs.”
Back in July Burger Records—known for carrying such underground-alternative acts as The Growlers, The Buttertones, SWMRS, The Frights, and many more—closed after widespread sexual misconduct allegations rippled through the company. Following the resignation of label president Sean Bohram, the Burger originally appointed Jessa Zapor-Gray as an interim president who was tasked with cleaning up the company.
After only a matter of days, however, Zapor-Gray stepped down herself and later announced that the entire operation had folded due to institutional problems with the corporate culture. During its heyday, one of Burger Records’ hallmarks was the proliferation of cassette tapes, which makes the choice of medium for the Hands Off! compilation all the more meaningful.
Hands Off! is available for preorder here. Scroll down to see the full tracklist.
Hands Off! Tracklist
1. Amyl and The Sniffers – Pleasure Forever
2. Alice Bag feat: Kathleen Hanna & Allison Wolfe – 77
3. White Mystery – Good Girl
4. L7 – Fast And Frightening
5. The May Company – The Paradox Drive Of Finite Confusion
6. Courtney Barnett – I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch
7. KO Newborn – Maybe
8. Exene Cervenka – Already In Love
9. Kairos Creature Club – Voodoo Success
10. FEELS – Anyways
11. The Royal They – C.N.T.
12. Palehound – Killer
13. Groupie – Poor You
14. Thelma and The Sleaze – In Prison
15. Shadow Show – The Alchemist
16. Blacker Face – Punk Song
17. Krystal Metcalfe – Fearless
18. Gymshorts – You Blew It
19. Clickbait – Heat!
20. The Black Tones – Mama! There’s A Spider in My Room!
21. Karen Meat – Synthetic
22. The Exbats – One Foot in the Light
[H/T Rolling Stone]