Bitch posing outside of the Thirsty Ear

Bitch posing outside of the Thirsty Ear

April 2, 2010 – She is impressive, she is amazing, she is really mostly for lesbians, she is Bitch (New York). Bitch comes from a band that formed in 1995 Bitch and Animal, and has been doing solo-ish work since 2004.  With an appearance in John Cameron Mitchell’s film Shortbus (2006), she has been making waves in many areas.

I entered the Ear at about 10:30 p.m. looking for an act to cover and seeing what I took to be a misprint in the local paper found myself in a room full of lesbians ranging from all ages and prepping for a show. Let me say this, these girls really knew how to have a good time, especially when they don’t think their rights are on the line.

The lights went down and two girls on stage, from the State Of (Miami, Florida), started creating some elegantly woven noise.  Then from the back of the room Bitch, wearing a cowl, holding a megaphone with the words, “Break Up,” painted on it, vocalized statements of, “we are all witches, we are all bitches.” When she got to the stage she picked up an electric violin that was plugged in to a heavily effected amp, and picked out tones that eerily mixed well with the cacophony.

Bitch’s stage presence was thoroughly maddening. She commanded the entire audiences attention. Songs of note that I enjoyed were, “Drag King Bar” and “Pussy Manifesto.” These two songs, while I’m sure they would never make it on commercial radio, had verve and uniqueness slathered all over them. Even I found my foot stomping to these tunes.

The night closed with a boisterous encore chant from the crowd. To which Bitch accommodated by sitting on top of the corner of the bar with a ukulele singing unamplified. The bar sat in total silence while she played the song and cheers carried on when she finished.

Bitch playing violin on stage at the Thirsty Ear

Bitch playing violin on stage at the Thirsty Ear

In Columbus, I can’t say that a lesbian rights band is anything new, especially with our per capita homosexual population percentage. When Bitch started a song commenting on the fact that in all 50 states as a woman one cannot show their nipples, the entire audience retorted with, “Yes we can in Columbus.” It might be worthy to do some research on the cities you are going to as a political artist, only to be sure that you aren’t bellowing fallacies at the audience. I guess I just grow tired of people complaining about issues, which are not even issues in the places they are currently located.

Otherwise I would say that the whole experience was refreshing and fun. Gay or straight, it might be worthwhile to check out Bitch the next time she graces our town with her presence.  Bitch can be found online at: http://www.bitchmusic.com/ and her new album “Blasted” can be purchased online at: http://www.shortstoryrecords.com/.

-V-