Gossip (formerly called The Gossip) is a trio indie band formed in the late 90’s/early 2000’s that still manages to produce music and captivate listeners from the U.S. and mainstream radio in the UK. As distinct as their sound is, it freely evolves from one album to the next, and is probably best described from the band’s personal bio: “A blend of soul, gospel, rock, funk, disco, punk, passion and rebellion.”
I give a lot of credit to Gossip, especially for their enthusiasm to create good music even though it doesn’t fit into any certain musical category. Lead singer Beth Ditto is a funky, glamorous, and almost “exotic” woman who has the voice of a soul singer yet still manages to present her own intense style and personality to all who encounter her. Ditto and female drummer Hannah Blilie, both openly self-proclaimed lesbians, have brought positive influence to the underground music & LGBTQ communities; and guitarist Nathan “Brace Paine” Howdeshell is a strong advocate for Do-It-Yourself lifestyle, along with the importance of spiritual self-awareness. Not only are these three fantastic musicians also fantastic people, they each hold something important to stand for in the world, which is highly admirable.
At the beginning of their journey, the band was part of the Riot Grrrl Movement scene. As they’ve developed their own individual stance in the music world, Gossip continues to relate to their fans and audiences in a unique, vibrant, and compelling manner. -Lindsey