Harsh Crowd

Harsh Crowd

Last May, I headed to Randall’s Island for the Frieze Art Show. I was really only there for the Tom Tom Magazine Festival, which was a collaboration with artist Naama Tsabar. For those who do not know, Tom Tom Mag is a magazine dedicated to female drummers. Back in May, Tom Tom’s organizers found a slew of sweet bands (with female drummers too) to play their festival.

One band that I happened to see play was called Harsh Crowd. Their set included some super sweet sounds. They did covers of Le Tigre and Foster the People that sounded flawless, and their original material (which far outnumbered the covers) was brilliantly filled with energy as well as being pleasing to the ears.

Harsh Crowd is made up of Dea, Willow, Rihana, and Lena. The four met at Willie Mae Rock Camp in 2013. The camp was an experience they thoroughly enjoyed and the band felt very supported by Tom Tom Magazine, including their editor-in-chief Mindy Abovitz. 

Each member of  Harsh Crowd is 12 years old—a fact they don’t think people should focus on. They also don’t want to be called an all-girl band. The members expressed how people might say, “they’re pretty good for kids.”  Just say they are musicians, musicians that don’t want it to matter whether they are young or girls.

The members feel like sisters. They also said they’re awesome.

As evident from their energy on and off stage (the interview kept getting interrupted by them running and dancing in the rain), Yes, I agree they are indeed awesome.

Above video: “Dirty Rotten Parents” at the Tom Tom Festival on May 10th, 2014.

Maura Filoromo