5 female-fronted Lebanese indie bands you need to listen to

This article was published at StepFeed on March 22, 2016.

These Lebanese acts should definitely be rocking your playlist!

Sandmoon

Sandmoon
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Formed in 2010 and fronted by singer/songwriter Sandra Arslanian, Sandmoon is an indie pop/folk band whose sound can fairly be described as both powerful and delicate. Based in Beirut, and trained as a classical pianist, the Lebanese-Armenian front woman does not shy away from her roots with several of her songs carrying underlying Armenian tones. The band’s third album #InTheEnd is set to be released in May 2016. You can also follow their news here.

Sandmoon is: Sandra Arslanian (lead vox + piano + ukulele), Sam Wehbi (acoustic/electric guitar), Georgy Flouty (electric guitar), Rihab Kallab (cello)

Postcards

Source: Facebook/Postcards
Source: Facebook/Postcards

Postcards is an indie folk band based in Beirut and composed of 4 friends with a passion for music. Formed in the summer of 2012, Postcards has released 2 EP’s till date, with its latest titled “What Lies So Still” receiving excellent reviews. They have toured Lebanon, Jordan, Dubai, the UK, France and Portugal and have opened for Angus and Julia Stone’s Beirut concert. They are currently working on their debut album. You can follow their news here.

Postcards is: Julia Sabra (guitar, mandolin, ukulele + lead vox), Marwan Tohme (guitar + vox), Pascal Semerdjian (drums+ harmonica + vox), Rany Bechara (bass + keyboards + vox)

Ruby Road

Source: Facebook/Ruby Road
Source: Facebook/Ruby Road

Ruby Road is a post-blues rock band whose members draw inspiration from 70’s rock and blues icons Janis Joplin, Jeff Beck and Led Zeppelin. You can follow their news here.

Ruby Road is: Layal B (lead vox), Antonio Hajj (bass, vox), Peter Hitti (guitar), Raja Rahbani (drums)

Safar

Source: Facebook/Safar
Source: Facebook/Safar

Safar’s music is definitely for the romantic inside all of us. Their lyrics touch on love, exile, contradictions and dreams. The band released its first EP “23 Kilograms” in January 2015 and their second EP “Carry on” in August of the same year. You can follow their news here.

Safar is: Mayssa Jallad (lead vox), Elie Abdelnour (guitar)

Iklil

Iklil
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Where are all-female groups you ask? Iklil is one band whose members never fail to deliver when it comes to pop, rock and funk. Relatively new to the scene, the feisty girls of Iklil are not to be reckoned with. You can follow their news here.

Iklil is: Marru El Charif (lead vox, keyboards), Joy Zahar (guitar, vox), Lea Haddad (bass, vox), April Centrone (drums, vox)

About 
Nadine Mazloum is an Australian born, Beirut bred multimedia journalist, editor, and blogger. She most recently worked as StepFeed's Senior Editor. Before that, she was the news editor and resident blogger for the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International [LBCI] and has held several positions with well-known media outlets both locally and internationally. Her work appears online both on LBCI and on her personal blog, NewsroomNomad©.

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