BALTIMORE — Suffrage, a new all-male hardcore band, is a group of radical-minded men intent on proving that guys can rock, too.
Suffrage plays fast, loud and aggressive for a bunch of dudes. The unapologetic group doesn’t care how many times they get stopped at the door of the venue and asked if they are dating one of the girls in the bands; they are dead set on shaking things up in a scene that has historically been a girls’ club.
“If I get all hot and sweaty on stage you better believe I’m going to take off my shirt, and if you don’t like that, well, I’m not sorry,” frontman “Big” Tim Ramsey said, proudly sporting lengthy arm pit hair for the whole world to see. “I don’t wear sleeveless shirts for you; I wear sleeveless shirts for me, so if you can’t handle a full-bodied man in a position of power, then don’t come to the shows.”
Brian Worrick is a huge supporter of the band and has followed Suffrage from the beginning. “Discovering this band was the push I needed to finally build up the courage to start making zines that focused on men in hardcore,” Worrick said. “Beef Boys, which has its third issue coming out as soon as I make the first and second issues, gives a spotlight and voice to underrepresented straight white males in the scene like me.”
Only time will tell if this grand experiment will pay off, but fans of Suffrage are already taking to Twitter to voice their opinions.
During a recent performance with six other all-male hardcore acts, Ramsey had a bold message for the crowd. “You might not like the thought of men playing in hardcore bands, and it might be tough for you to wrap your head around, but we are here to stay.”
Article by The Hard Times Staff @REALpunknews. Picture by Chase Perkins.