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Louisa Rachel Solomon is the lead singer of The Shondes, an American indie punk band from Brooklyn, New York. Solomon is outspoken about being a Jewish musician[1] and opposing the occupation of Palestine[2][3][4][5][6][7]. She is best known for her emotional live performance, and has been called "a front-woman to fear and fall in love with."[8]

Critical Response

  • ...no one in the band treated their instrument gently this past Saturday night on one of the last stops of a tour that started in August. All four members of the Shondes treated their Yiddish and classical–influenced post-punk like a heavy object to be lifted and carried. This was especially true of bassist and lead vocalist Louisa Rachel Solomon, who charged at the mic as if to push the song forward with her body.[9] --Venus Zine
  • Louisa Rachel Solomon’s voice is a char-broiled mix of Patti Smith and new wave, with a frosty injection of Amy Lee for good measure. She steers the helm of shivering harmonics and darkly funky rhythms on such pile drivers as “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” [10] -- Amplifier Magazine
  • Louisa Rachel Solomon's vocals are strong, nimble and graceful on the band's self-released debut, which sees both complex song structures intertwined with direct, inquisitive lyrics. --CMJ [11]
  • On the band's debut album, "The Red Sea", they sing political songs about New York City and their home borough of Brooklyn, as well as about high expectations for love and life. Fans of Sleater-Kinney will swoon over the Shondes, especially with vocalist Louisa Rachel Solomon's Corin Tucker–like croons about socially conscious living.[12] -- After Ellen
  • “Don’t Look Down,” the first track, opens with a rock swagger worthy of Television and a gritty guitar. Louisa Rachel Solomon’s vocals are a bit to digest at first, but as the first key change hits and the power chords enter, her vocals push the songs to their conclusion and establish Solomon as the album’s focal point. As the songs progress, Solomon throws herself into the lyrics like waves against a wall, her voice quivering at the end of each word, choking the last shreds of meaning from every syllable she utters. And right as she sounds like she’s about to break, the band reinvents the song, drops the riff and ups the violin, a move that renews Solomon’s vigor and re-engages the hooks.[8] --Performer Magazine
  • The band’s frontwoman, the sinisterly pretty Louisa Rachel Solomon, has a talent for androgynous sass, nailing the exact sound where male becomes female. She campaigns for feminism without once having to resort to a bratty whine, and manages to convey a few other emotions besides noisy man-hate.[13] --The Forward

History

As a teenager in the mid-late '90s, Solomon played in a riot grrrl punk band called Lucky Tiger, who released several cassettes and one 7" record[14] and performed at Riot Grrrl conventions in New York City[15] and Philadelphia in 1996. She also co-founded Pass the Buck Records in 1995,[16][17] a DIY Cassette label. In 1999, she formed The Syndicate with Jennie Jeddry[18], Emily Kramer and Elijah Oberman (also of The Shondes) and released two albums The Official Story and Haunted Ground.

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