Spotlight: No/Hugs Band
By Landon Funk
The worst thing in the world is going to a random concert and watching a group of white boys bang their head in black, ripped, skinny jeans and sing about how dark the world is. I don't know about you, but I am SO TIRED of that aesthetic.
No/Hugs is a pop/punk alternative rock band. Founded and led by two women, Narcissus and Kat Dukeshire, the band is an all-female alternative rock band with strong ties to pop and punk. They are based out of Boston, Massachusetts and are currently on their third national tour with the Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys.
For Kat and Narcissus, music is quintessential. They do what they do because it gives them purpose, life. Not only do they want to play music, but also they need to do it. As a band, they stand strongly with everyone under the Queer umbrella, aiming to empower those who identify as LGBTQIA+ to be themselves and stand strong in their truth.
No/Hugs also stands for women's issues. As an all female band, they feel it is their duty to do so. They want to break the stereotypes that performing rock music is something that masculinizes your gender and show women that they can be powerful on stage without having to dress in a certain way or be advertised in a way that does not portray who they are.
Because No/Hugs produces music in multiple different genres, they are able to cater to a lot of different groups of people. They love making people feel young, giving them a purpose to party, and providing a space for them to forget about their worries during their shows.
The need to play music is what started this band and what keeps the band going.
Check out No/Hugs on the web, social media, and streaming sites. Also, be on the lookout for their upcoming debut single. Premiering on July 27th, the song will release during their show at the Vans Warped Tour at the Mansfield Xfinity Center.
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