All-female bands have been in the industry for almost 90 years. The 1920s was a witness to the boom in Jazz groups like Helen and The Jazz Syncopators, Hollywood Red Heads, The Ingenues, The Bricktops, and the like. By the 1960s, women formed more Rock ‘n Roll bands due to the fame The Beatles got. Goldie and the Gingerbreads, The Livebirds, The Tremelons, and the Les Planettes, were among the musical acts that gave the male-dominated music scene a run for their money. Following the spunk of these all-girl bands would be an indie pop punk outfit, Plumtree.
The group formed in Halifax, Canada back in 1993. Plumtree is composed of Carla and Lynette Gillis, Amanda Braden, and Catriona Sturton. In 2000, they released their third album “This Day Won’t Last at All.” It was hailed by listeners on iTunes and YouTube as: “The raw feelings and punk sounds remain, but This Day Won’t Last at All is distinct in its reflective narrative and bouncy songs, and “Recently got into these fantastic gals. They’re really something eh?” With YouTube providing special channels for Global Music Canada, FoxyBingo.com, and other entertainment portals for online users, more indie music and gaming fans got a hold of Plumtree’s music. Since these sites became platforms for sharing and talking about common interests, unsigned artists like Plumtree are given a chance for their music to be heard all over the world.
The band’s third record contained 12 tracks that were recorded in lo-fi. The first song entitled “Was That All?” is upbeat and is dominated by percussion’s. This tune definitely provided the album with the perfect introduction to the sound of Plumtree. “I’m Not Moving” and “Regret” are the two songs that showcased Carla Gillis and Amanda Braden’s guitar playing skills. The track that provided the break for the upbeat-filled album was “Latitude.” It gave off a relaxing sound, perfect for Sunday driving. Standout songs from Plumtree’s third offering includes: Faraway, Lies I Tell Myself, and Hello Again.
With bands like Plumtree, it’s not impossible to expect more all-female musical groups to emerge from obscurity.