Have you ever wanted to start a band? What's holding you back? Do you feel it it might be too late since you have your career, your family or middle-age just around the corner? The new web series, BAND LADIES proves it is never too late to find your truth and follow your passion. I had the pleasure of getting an early screening of the 6-part first season of BAND LADIES and let me tell you, it is a wild ride!
Disclaimer: I was given special access to view BAND LADIES ahead of the premiere, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
BAND LADIES Review
Band Ladies: Synopsis
BAND LADIES is a 6-part comedic web series with bite-sized episodes (each episode is around 10 minutes long) that follows the journey of five women who are fed up with their repetitive lives and decide to turn their Book Club into a Punk Band. Each woman is on a mission to find her truth and follow her passion. Their journey is a relatable one, lyrics to their songs include lines like "I wanna have a baby but my egg supply is gone" and "check my ID at the door, I'm not 24 anymore".
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Band Ladies: Meet the Ladies
Marnie (played by Kate Fenton) is the "Uptight Homemaker"
Chloe (played by Lisa Michelle Cornelius) is the "Disillusioned Lawyer"
Cindy (played by Vicki Kim) is the "Misguided Manipulator"
Penny (played by Dana Puddicombe) is the "Infertile Firecracker"
Stephanie (played by Kirsten Rasmussen) is the "Lovesick Flake"
Each of these women are looking for something to complete them and they believe their new band may be the key.
Marnie, the "Uptight Homemaker" is struggling to find an identity outside of being a mom, while Chloe, the "Disillusioned Lawyer"'s identity was tied to her career and when she let her truth slip out the consequences were catastrophic. Cindy, the "Misguided Manipulator" wants so desperately to make it on the music scene we discover she will do just about anything to go viral (even if it means costing one of her friends everything). Penny, the "Infertile Firecracker" pretty much has everything (I mean, she won a People's Choice Award) but is struggling to obtain the one thing she really wants, a baby. Lastly, we have Stephanie, the "Lovesick Flake" who pines over her ex while struggling to find stability without being in a relationship.
BAND LADIES: My Thoughts
If you are someone who grew up watching Sex and the City or found solace while watching Working Moms, the new series BAND LADIES may just be for you.
All three of these shows shine a light on the struggle of finding oneself and wanting more out of life while also illustrating just how important it is to have a group of friends by your side.
While it is unclear in season 1 how the women of BAND LADIES formed their Book Club it is evident they've know each other for at least a little while. There certainly seems to be some tension between the friends and some backstories that I hope get further explored in future seasons.
Part of the fun of BAND LADIES is the soundtrack. Punk-style songs are featured prominently in each episode and the five stars of the show actually sing the songs themselves!
The episodes of BAND LADIES are short, all 6 parts of the first season can be viewed in just about 1 hour. The only downfall to having such short episodes is that BAND LADIES has to pack a 10lb story into a 5lb bag. Needing to progress the story requires montages which at times can feel a little chaotic because the scenes change quickly while Punk Rock music bellows. During the montages the music certainly takes the forefront.
Each episode ends in a way that just makes you want to keep watching and the final episode leaves you wanting much, much more.
BAND LADIES is gritty, it is funny, it uses foul language (don't binge this one while the kids are in the room) and it has a lot of heart at it's core.
Season 1 will be released on Highball.TV May 13th and I'm ready for season 2!
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