Interviews

Gouge Away Offers Female-Fronted, Hardcore Music for Resistance, Education, and Awareness

At the entrance to Pompano Beach's Solid Sound Studio, the unmistakably familiar sound of a hardened bar band slugging its way through a cover of Heart's "Crazy on You" is offered to all passersby. But back behind the main studio, down a little alleyway to another warehouse bay, something entirely different is going on.

Stacks of magazines on police brutality, animal rights, Angela Davis, Food Not Bombs, and sexual consent are piled high at a table operated by Gouge Away's vocalist, Christina Stijy. She is standing on a chair to get a better view of band Guilty Conscious' set as a packed room of punk and hardcore kids lose their collective shit -- in the best possible way. Gouge Away's members have organized the all-ages show in hopes of bringing more to the studio on a regular basis.

Guitarist Victor Skamiera jumps on the shoulders of a friend to hang up a spray-painted banner reading "Resist Oppressive Traditions," and Stijy -- a kindergarten teacher by day -- reminds the crowd to "Have fun and watch out for each other" before the band blasts through the beginning of its set with Stily's strikingly impressive howl carrying the way.

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Terra Sullivan