Ironing maidens new Single tackles the c-word…
…CLEANING, THAT IS!
Award-winning Australian electronic duo, The Ironing Maidens are challenging gender norms with an unapologetic mix of in-your-face lyrics, humour and iron-y with hot new single, Lighten My Load, out 1 March.
Known for engineering their electronic instruments from real irons and ironing boards, The Ironing Maidens don’t beat around the bush on this fresh-pressed track with a clear message on gender disparity in domestic labour. “Think old-school electro trash meets frustrated house wife, with catchy beats and a satirical spin on an important issue," said the duo's singer-songwriter, Melania Jack.
“Not enough has changed since the 1950s. It’s disappointing to see recent Australian studies finding that women still do significantly more housework than men, even in households where women are working full time or in a share-house situation.
”We are drowning in laundry liquid, shopping lists and the mental workload of running a house - all while juggling a career. Sure, woman can have it all. But why are we still DOING IT ALL as well?”
Lighten My Load follows the Ironing Maidens’ 2018 debut EP Electro Housewife, which saw the duo tour regional Australian laundromats, become finalists for the prestigious Grant McLennan Fellowship, and adapt their show for the stages of Woodford, Falls, Jungle Love and Adelaide Fringe Festivals.
Alongside sold-out shows, The Ironing Maidens’ just took out the John Chataway Innovation Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2019, awarded to the production which best demonstrates innovation, originality and excellence within the arts.
Launching their single the week prior to International Women’s Day was no kitchen mishap, with producer-engineer, Patty Bom saying the issue needs ironing out.
“We believe that gender parity starts at home. The person doing the lion’s share of the mental and physical work in the home, and our attitudes towards it, plays a huge role in how children perceive and adopt gender roles.
“It sends a clear message about who is important and whose work and time is more valuable.
“We want to see men and women sharing the load more for better balance at home and ultimately, in the studio and office too.
“We aren’t afraid to make people a little hot under the collar with our art but do hope this track will be taken in good humour and make people think twice about picking up their shit at home.”