The Jetsonettes: Merging Feminism and Music


TWO-WOMAN BAND: Juniors Nicole Cochary and Daisy Meisler are both vocalists, while also playing guitar and bass, respectively.

By Holly Parkin

Juniors Nichole Cochary and Daisy Meisler have found a way to bring two of their passions together, combining feminism and music through their band, the Jetsonettes. Founded in mid-2013, the Jetsonettes already have a

TWO-WOMAN BAND: Juniors Nicole Cochary and Daisy Meisler are both vocalists, while also playing guitar and bass, respectively.
TWO-WOMAN BAND: Juniors Nicole Cochary and Daisy Meisler are both vocalists, while also playing guitar and bass, respectively.

growing set of original songs written and performed by Cochary and Meisler, who play guitar and bass, respectively.
The two are a good match because they prefer to work together on their hobby rather than alone.
“It’s better when you’re in a group or with other people, because it’s not like you’re just sitting by yourself playing music,” Meisler said. “It sounds better, and it’s definitely more fun.”
The Jetsonettes post all of their music on their Facebook page, which they created shortly after forming the band as a means of sharing their songs. Cochary and Meisler describe the Jetsonettes as a “garage rock” band with elements of both “traditional and modern punk” sound, and cite influences such as The Modern Lovers, the Black Lips, the Orwells and Cherry Glazerr.
“We both have slightly different music tastes. It’s nice because that way not every song sounds the same, but we have different hints of various genres in our music,” Meisler said. “It’s different sounds in each song but they all kind of tie into the same style.”
What sets the Jetsonettes apart from other student bands is their unique lyrical content. In their songs, the Jetsonettes include many recurring themes of feminism and what it is like to live as a girl in today’s world. Although their music is “for everyone,” according to Cochary, much of the Jetsonettes’ lyrical content is inspired by topics pertaining to women’s roles in society, as well as events in the songwriters’ lives.
“One thing we’ve noticed is that at a lot of the concerts we’ve been to, either the whole band is guys, or the frontman is a guy, and they got a lot of attention, more than we ever see a female frontwoman getting,” she said.
Even the history behind the band’s name stems from feminist ideas. According to Cochary, the inspiration for the Jetsonettes name came to her during a browse on a Wikipedia page for old TV shows, which included The “Jetsons,” a TV series from the 1960s. “I already wanted the name to end in –ettes,” Cochary said, claiming that the two words instantly clicked.
“Even though I didn’t invent the name, I kind of see the –ettes as intentionally being a traditionally feminine thing,” Meisler said. “We’re both very into feminism and stuff like that, so I think our name reflects that a little bit.”
Both Cochary and Meisler have high hopes for what the future holds for the Jetsonettes. According to the band members, they are currently keeping their focus on finishing a solid collection of songs before moving on to bigger goals.
“Right now we’re trying to get an album done before the year ends, so we’re more focused on that rather than doing live performances,” Meisler said.
Although they’ve set some good short term goals, Cochary and Meisler aren’t afraid to dream big for the band.
“We talked about trying to get signed to a label,” Cochary said. “Once we make our album I’d love to send a demo to Burger Records or Autumn Tone or something like that.”
Both the Jetsonettes’ style and the talents of the two girls are key selling points in their success.
“I think there are a lot of bands that are a similar genre to us, but there aren’t a lot of female bands doing it, especially female vocalists,” Meisler said. “In the modern punk scene, it’s very male dominated and mostly always has been, so we have a fresh perspective as girls, with songs about being girls, and embracing it.”