Lyris, Lena, Vera, Annie, and Ebun are the self-proclaimed “Fourth Wave Babes straight outta NYC” behind garage rock band T-Rextasy. T-Rextasy is directly influenced by riot grrrl even though they were only infants during its heyday, and they readily discuss their relationship with feminism in a sophisticated and informed way. After attending music institutions like Buck’s Rock and Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, they realized their dream of making noise on stage as a feminist punk band while still in high school. The band’s debut self-titled EP, which revives the dormant combination of ska and punk rock, was recorded by Max Kupperberg (of Palehound) and Aidan Elias, and will be the first release on the duo’s new label Syndical Music.
A beautifully motley crew of individuals, T-Rextasy was also nice enough to answer a few questions for us over email about their genesis as high school students, the underpinnings of the fourth wave of feminism that they represent, the under-representation of artists like Mitski, and the ideas behind their songs. Their first single, “I Wanna Be A Punk Rocker”, is below.