Whatever your thoughts on the forces changing San Francisco, there's a growing wave of music that is loudly opposed to them — to change, to wealth, to techies, to Google buses, to, well, a lot of things. It almost feels like a burgeoning sonic movement, despite the stylistic differences. There's the synth-punk outfit Pow!, whose infamous press release from Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer helped start a conversation about what's happening to music in this city. There's the gutter-psych of CCR Headcleaner, who persist in S.F. despite of the difficulties of living here.
And there is Violent Vickie, a “queer feminist multimedia electro-punk” band from S.F. and Oakland. If older cuts like “City for the Rich” aren't clear enough, Violent Vickie just posted a new song with Parae called “Fuck You!!!!!” that indicts, well, pretty much everything. It's the latest salvo in S.F. musicians' battle to hang on in this city. And even if we don't agree completely with the sentiment, it definitely makes for bracing, bruising listening: