Two-fifths of War On Women (Shawna Potter and Brooks Harlan) performed a rocking acoustic set at Admiral Analog’s (Sheperdstown, WV) grand re-opening. If you haven’t been to the store, you have to check it out; so much diversity in the vinyl/cassette/CD selection as well as buttons/pins, patches, shirts & more. Just like the owners of the Frederick record stores, Andrew Barton is so knowledgeable and friendly.
Now onto the show…
War On Women’s hardcore punk sound shined surprisingly well with just an acoustic guitar and vocals. The band’s song and messages of feminism, social justice and other heavier topics are so emotionally powerful when you take away the distorted guitars/thwacking drums and strip them down to a very vulnerable setting.
Brooks Harlan’s dark low-end guitar sound creates the perfect soundscape for Shawna Potter’s strong voice and dissatisfied tone. Each song builds with a certain rage and often develops into a powerful call for action; whether it be in the wage gap, politics, and other issues women are often coerced into.
Some super cool merch was available: Shawna Potter’s self-explained book “Making Spaces Safer: A Guide to Giving Harassment the Boot Wherever You Work, Play and Gather” as well as the condensed version “Making Spaces Safer: A Pocket Guide (To the Point) – Both are available on Amazon. The oher cool item was a “Make America Feminist For Once” hat.
Admiral Analog’s was packed for the event and War On Women even took some requests and made the show personal and memorable.