Bratmobile have announced their first public performance in over 20 years. The legendary feminist punk band will headline Oakland’s Mosswood Meltdown on July 2.
“It’s been more than 20 years since our last tour, and life has changed and grown in many ways,” Batmobile’s Molly Neuman and Allison Wolfe said in a statement. “In 2019, we got the original lineup back together to play a big birthday party for our band sister, Tobi Vail of Bikini Kill. After the show, we talked about playing again, but it wasn’t the right time, and then… 2020. Now we are both living in Los Angeles, and when the opportunity to play this special show in one of our hometowns came up, we decided to go for it.”
They added: “Guitarist Erin Smith, unfortunately, has other commitments and won’t be able to join us at this time, but we’re hoping we’ll be able to play together with her again in the near future. We will be playing this show with a few other people — Rose Melberg on guitar, Audrey Marrs on keys, and Marty Key on bass —who will try to fill the gap and honor her riffs.”
Mosswood Meltdown, which previously announced Le Tigre and Gravy Train!!! as this year’s headliners, has now announced its full 2023 lineup. It includes ESG, the reunited Mika Miko, J.J. Fad, the Avengers, Snooper, and more, with John Waters hosting the festival.