Lunachicks' Gina Volpe: "Most bands aren't getting signed by a couple of very prominent indie-rockers within their first year. That was a huge coup for us"

Gina Volpe
(Image credit: Gina Volpe/YouTube)

When Lunachicks formed in 1987, they were way ahead of the Cali-cool kids who would dominate the Warped Tours of the ‘90s, standing on the sidelines of West Coast America's emerging "riot grrrl" scene.

In truth, the band shared more onstage chemistry (and theatrical styling) with vaudeville shock-rock Romeo Alice Cooper than their pop-punk peers. For guitarist Gina Volpe, that comparison rings true, having experienced a childhood of bowing to heavy Black Sabbath riffs and Pink Floyd fandom. 

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Cheri Amour

Cheri Amour is a writer, editor and broadcaster intent on amplifying the voices of women and non-binary artists in print, online and on air. During her twenties, she played lead guitar in a touring two-piece, sharing the stage with The Slits and John Peel-approved punks The Nightingales. Formerly Deputy Editor at TGA Magazine, Cheri headed up its Tech section pouring over pedals with everyone to indie icon Debbie Smith (Echobelly/Curve) to multi-instrumentalist Katie Harkin (Sleater Kinney/Waxahatchee/Wye Oak). She's currently working on an upcoming 33 1/3 book on the unassuming influence of South Bronx sister troupe ESG, out in Spring 2023.