Team Dresch

Team Dresch  is an American punk/riot grrrl band from Portland, Oregon, originally formed in Olympia, Washington, which was initially active from 1993 until 1998.  The band made a significant impression on the DIY movement queercore, which gave voice through zines and music to the passions and concerns of those in both the LGBT community and the punk subculture.  All bandmembers were open lesbians.  Washington Post writer Chris Richards called their debut album, 1995’s Personal Best, “a fiery, all-but-forgotten punk masterpiece”.  In the early 2000s, Team Dresch reunited, and they continue to perform.  (More from Wikipedia)

Once Lora MacFarlane (who was originally from Australia) was hired as their permanent drummer, Sleater-Kinney quickly put together their first album, Sleater-Kinney, an indie-rock masterpiece that came out on Chainsaw Records in 1995.  The rough-cut nature of this album only gave a hint of the glories to come as Sleater-Kinney refined and enriched their sound in future albums.  Chainsaw Records had been started by Donna Dresch who was in yet another Pacific Northwest punk rock band, Team Dresch.   


(January 2014)


Last edited: March 22, 2021