In her introduction Melania spoke of ironing the wrinkles of patriarchy” and linked the development of the electric washing machine with the synthesiser developed by electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram. This juxtaposition, much like their name, locates The Ironing Maidens at the intersection of music and gender politics. It might seem like a shtick at first but it’s so thoughtfully executed in composition and performance that it makes most rock bands look naive.
From the techno banger of the title track to the ambient synthesis of ‘The Dangers of Ironing’, The Ironing Maidens have brought the invisibility of women’s work and influence [in the industry] to the forefront
As if turning a cruel stereotype into a piece of art wasn’t enough, The Ironing Maidens are rocking inventive sounds and inspirational girl power.
It was a pleasure to have The Ironing Maidens use our laundromat as the venue for one of their electronic music gigs earlier this year. They brought much fun, energy and talent to our little corner of the world. Our bemused customers loved watching the crew set up for the concert and everyone worked their way around unobtrusively - it was like a dance. Even during the concert washers and dryers continued to be used in true ‘business as usual’ fashion despite the surreal surroundings. It was a wonderful experience for all of us to be in such a familiar place - yet a place that had been so mesmerizingly changed by the music, projected visuals, lights, audience and the performance happening within it.