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What have been some of your largest disappointments as women in the music scene? Biggest rewards?
Frye: The only disappointments come from social constructions. Because I am female and write the songs and lead the band, critics or audiences may be quick to judge. They may have preconceived notions about gender that this band doesn't even pay attention to or consider. But it doesn't bother me.
Where do you see things headed in music with regard to gender and what would you like to see happen differently?
Frye: We will accomplish something when we stop seeing them as women musicians, and see them as just musicians first. After a while, it makes me feel like people think it is a miracle that a woman can play and sing. There is a very fine line between celebrating gender and making a novelty of it.
Dixon: I've always had great role models to look up to — Chan Marshall, Joan Jett, Kim Deal, Juliana Hatfield, Alison Moshart, Dolores O'Riordan, Jenny Lewis, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Liz Phair, Jenn Wasner, Aimee Mann, Mary Timony, the list goes on. It seems like music has always managed to generate some powerful female talent all on its own.