The Free Bleeders
Where are you from?
Some of us have lived all over the country and some of us are born and raised Detroiters. We all currently live in the Detroit, Detroit Metro, and Ypsilanti area.
Who’s in the band and what do they play?
Fiyah Angelou, MC
Lainie Epstein, Bass
T Lou Ease, Singer, Lyricist
Tasha Peace, Guitar
Veronica Sawyer, Drums
When and how did you become a band?
Laine posted a call out, on Craigslist and Facebook and some of us saw the listing through Seraphine Collective, for people interested in forming a feminist, riot grrrl, political thunderstorm of a band and the rest of us answered the call.
How did you decide on your band name?
We all wanted something that was explicit in terms of our politics and what we are singing about and loved the idea of a name that would be an immediate afront to Meninists and Menstruation shamers alike.
Can you describe your music?
Riot Grrrl/Punk Rock roots with a biting reflection of classic rock fusing with a Rachet Feminist powerhouse MC
What bands, musicians (or other things) are your influences/inspiration?
As the Free Bleeders, we sing songs of unity, steeped in Feminist ethos, aimed at challenging people (including ourselves) to question individual and group participation in systems of oppression and confront racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, ableist, and all other marginalizing and aggressive behaviors.
Do you have any special rituals to prepare for a show?
How did you get into making music?
Tell us about your first show.
We played our first show at Crow Manor. That night the space/house looked magical, everyone there was so fun and Lainie bled free all over the place!
Does your gender identity/presentation influence your music? Has it presented any issues for you?
Of course, we’re all women in the band, this influences our music, the way we make music, what we write about as a group, the types of shows we get and how we are perceived by an audience. Being instigators of the period positive movement, seeking to crush the stigma of menstruation that is rooted in misogyny, classism and cisgender privilege has also presented a few problems in our short time together including requests to change our name for shows, band members of other bands we are supposed to play with quitting because we are “so gross,” and being shunned by some in them music scene for being explicit rather than simply humorous or implicit about what we are making music about. “Politics is so uncool”
Gear talk! Tell us about your instruments/pedals/amps/drum set!
Fender Rumble 500, 78 Musicmaster Bass, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe 40 watt combo amp, Fender, Sparkly Blue Gretch Drum Kit
Who are your favorite Detroit musicians/bands?
Casual Sweetheart, Dear Darkness, The Junk Food Junkies
What is your favorite song right now?
Anything G.L.O.S.S. or Beyonce Lemonade
What is your favorite way to unwind?
From medicinal flowers to karaoke and all the music, running, painting, sleeping, pizza, and real talk we can fit in between.
What do you want everyone to know about your band?
Together, with anyone who comes to hear our songs, we welcome and embrace a community performance space. In which, the atmosphere is free of discrimination, attune to macro/microaggressions, and a brave safe space to listen, learn, and let loose. At all times we callin with love and callout with kindness.