What happened to the Indie Rock Chick? When did that DIY lady get so pretty, preening, and slight? (Answer: right around Liz Phair’s third album and Courtney Love’s eighth nose job.) We’ve been waiting for the badass indie rock chick–cut from the beer- and sweat-soaked cloth of Kim Deal–to re-emerge for some time now, and we think we’ve found her in Renminbi. Although their name is the word for Chinese currency, Renminbi is Brooklyn-based and riot grrrl-rooted. Co-founders Lisa Liu (guitar, vocals) and SMV (keyboard, vocals) take us back to the early 90′s, when indie rock chicks could drink, smoke, shit-talk, and play anyone under the table and didn’t wear precious girly gear like leggings and shiny headbands. Despite being a three-piece (different drummers have cycled in and out) and not having a bass player, Renminbi still makes a big, badass, unapologetic rock-us. And that, friends, is what we call being “lady-like.”
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