San Antonio's Fea Appears on NPR's List of Greatest Songs by Badass Female Musicians


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With all the talent running through the veins of San Antonio, sometimes it’s easy to get hurt when the rest of the world doesn’t recognize said talent. There are some seriously gifted folk here who deserve more attention from more ears outside the Alamo City, and it's a shame that they don't receive the praise they deserve.

However, every once in a while, when select artists do get highlighted, it’s pretty sweet.

Not unfamiliar with national spotlight, but still pretty cool nonetheless, Alamo City riot grrrl heavy-weights, Fea just got a shoutout from NPR for “The 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+” (the use of the term “Women+” is part of a NPR recognizing a more inclusive spectrum of gender identities).

According to NPR the list is part of a series called Turning the Tables, “an ongoing project from NPR Music dedicated to recasting the popular music canon in more inclusive – and accurate – ways.”

Fea’s "Mujer Moderna,” the opening track off of the quartet’s eponymous debut, lands at number 92 on the list:

In Spanish, the word fea translates to "ugly girl." It became the perfect name for the San Antonio-based Chicana punk band to make its own. In "Mujer Moderna" ("Modern Woman") Fea masters the riot grrrl sound and message. The band members speak out against rape culture and machismo in both English and Spanish, all over an audio assault that would make Chicana punk legend Alice Bag proud. Oh, and the band has also made "fea" an acronym for "f*** 'em all," reinforcing its Chicana punk message. —Bruce Trujillo

NPR explained the compiling of the list was selected by a panel of more than 70 women and non-binary writers who chose major musical contributions released on or after Jan. 1, 2000, and have "shifted attitudes, defied categories and pushed sound in new directions since then." The list includes songs written and performed by women and non-binary artists.

"It’s feels amazing [to be on the list] and amongst other strong woman is even better," said Fea drummer Phanie Diaz who is gearing up to play a show tonight in Omaha. "We’re out here on the road for a month (just got started – not back until September), so this kinda news gives us an extra boost. When we get home we have another album to make and then head to Cali to play with Iggy Pop, Garbage and Foo Fighters! Should be a great ending to the year."

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