New Music Monday: Wimps

Guitarist and singer Rachel Ratner demonstrating proper manspreading techniques with her bandmates. Photo by Victoria Holt.

Every Monday, we feature new music from female-fronted bands. Today, we’re debuting the song “Couches” from Seattle lo-fi post punk band Wimps, whose new album Suitcase comes out November 13 from Kill Rock Stars.


Wimps’ guitarist and signer Rachel Ratner started teaching herself guitar solos from Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins songs as a teen. When not playing music, she works as a web developer—she created the pretty nifty Seattle Band Map, which charts how local bands are connected to each other through their shared members (Wimps, for example, has 11 connections to other bands like Swimmers and Meth Teeth). Wimps’ punchy sound has gotten some attention recently: The three-piece, which includes Matt Nyce on bass and vocals and Dave Ramm on drums, was just named 2015’s best punk band by Seattle Weekly

If you like “Couches,” you can check out more of Wimps’ music on Soundcloud. Enjoy! 

by Sarah Mirk
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Sarah Mirk is the former host of Bitch Media’s podcast Popaganda. She’s interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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