"Too much of a good thing can be wonderful" - Mae West
Rosie and the Riveters never planned to get political. But opening a newspaper or watching the news these days made it impossible to see the status of women around the world and stay silent. The result is Ms. Behave – a collection of gritty, sultry, vintage-inspired folk anthems that paint a portrait of a woman’s voice in a man’s world.
The band wrote most of the album in a cabin nestled in the woods in the dead of the Canadian winter. A quick read through song titles like “Gotta Get Paid”, “Let’em Talk” and “I Wanna Be King” gives an idea of what they have to say. While their single, “Ms. Behave” lays down a Bill-Withers-inspired groove and rejects the policing of women’s behavior, “I Believe You” sprung from the outrage and sorrow they felt after hearing the recent avalanche of stories of sexual assault. Produced by Joshua Van Tassel (Rose Cousins, Great Lake Swimmers), their sophomore album echoes Aretha Franklin’s demand for R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
Rosie & the Riveters believe women are the world’s greatest untapped resource which is why they invest 20% of merchandise profits in microfinance initiatives through KIVA.org. They helped women like Alice in Kenya expand her horticulture farm and Maria in Ecuador purchase a sewing machine for her tailoring business. To date, they have contributed more than $7500 to over 150 projects around the world.
Rosie & the Riveters’ unmistakable visual branding of red lipstick, pin curls, and overtly feminine costuming may be deceiving, but this is not a throwback band. Ms. Behave embraces the feminist undertone of their moniker, Rosie the Riveter, in a way that allows them to shed their please-all attitudes, take a purposeful stance and dare be themselves. Listen closely to hear playfully defiant lyrics and confident talk-back harmonies. Every word, note, and movement in their live show is done purposefully to empower and challenge.
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Adele
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
Basically everything except the harpsichord and the djembe.
3: What was the worst advice?
Sit still & look pretty.
4: What was your first concert?
Probably a local a cappella boy band from the 90s called Streetnix.
5: What/where is the best road food?
We LOVE tacos! The best tacos we've found in North America are definitely at Mas Tacos in Nashville.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Practice, practice, and then practice some more.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
Basically any woman who works in music & entertainment. Not surprised we find them inspirational though.