Guitar Rock isn’t Dead — It’s Being Wielded by Women

A group of Yamaha Revstar Series electric guitars, including a RS502TFMX, RS702B, RS720BX and a RS820CR, taken on June 14, 2019. (Photo by Olly Curtis/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
Guitar Rock isn't Dead — It's Being Wielded by Women

The age of Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Aerosmith brought us iconic music and even more iconic musicians. While the classic guitar rock bands of the ‘70s and ‘80s might have hung up their guitars, the 2010s ushered in a new wave of guitar rock bands led by women with their own distinct styles and stories.


Ann-Sofie Hoyles fronts the Swedish band Spiders. An indie-rock group, they're praised for bringing a refreshing retro touch to the metal scene. Spiders’ sound harkens back to the ‘70s, pulling inspiration from Lynyrd Skynyrd and Motorhead to forge their own sound. It wasn’t always easy, though. Hoyles said the band sort of drifted at first, unsure how to move forward or if they even wanted to form a band.