Noh Mercy [1979]

Intermède musical. En 1979, nos penchants musicaux s’orientèrent vers les nouvelles productions musicales souvent originales de groupes post-punk comme Crisis, Joy Division, Killing Joke, Scritti Politti, Siouxsie and The Banshees, The Pop Group, The Slits… L’occasion de redécouvrir Noh Mercy, groupe composé de deux femmes, une formation Riot Grrrl avant la lettre dont deux titres figuraient sur la compilation 45t “Earcom 3”.

“No Boys On Guitars”

Présentation du groupe sur Discogs :

Formed in San Francisco in 1977, Noh Mercy was comprised of only two women: Esmerelda and Tony Hotel. The band’s motto was “No Boys On Guitars” as a reaction against male-dominated rock ‘n’ roll. They didn’t need boys or guitars. They harnessed the angularity of Devo, the punk/poet attitude of Patti Smith, and the art spectacle of Roxy Music, all ground down to a minimalist core of voice and drums. As prescient as bands come, Noh Mercy preceded the defiant queer rebellion of Riot Grrrl and the frenetic art minimalism of the early 21st century by decades.

Photographie : Noh Mercy en 1977 en concert au Théâtre Eureka à San Francisco. “Esmerelda came out, spoke something in Japanese, went into labor screaming, squatted, gave birth to a bloody cow bone and started the set”. © Noh Mercy, page Facebook du groupe.