Ingeniously adapting real irons and ironing boards into electronic instruments, Electro House Wife is a homage to house music and call to arms for women featuring 1950s advertising samples, fresh-pressed beats and tongue-in-cheek lyrics with a powerful message - now is the time to strike while the iron's hot.
"We must keep pressing for progress to have women's work acknowledged, be it in the studio, the laboratory, in politics or in the kitchen," said the duo's singer/ songwriter, Melania Jack.
"We know that women's work has long gone unacknowledged in electronic music history, it's why current courses don't teach the names of electronic music pioneers like Daphne Oram and no credit was given to Delia Derbyshire for making the Doctor Who soundtrack what it is!
"And when you listen to 1950s advertising pushing the concept of 'women's work' and look at our current census data, it is clear that not enough has changed when it comes to the division of domestic labour.
"We wanted to dissect these topics and discuss them in a way that is clear and direct, but at the same time humorous, musically credible and totally danceable."
A homage to house music and a call to arms for the housewife, The Ironing Maidens' debut EP, Electro House Wife was released in June 2018 with a highly successful tour of Queensland laundromats.
From the progressive, Daphne Oram-inspired track, Composers of the Future to Strike While The Iron Is Hot, an ironic love song for the lusty Westinghouse, The Ironing Maidens' debut EP provides a powerful contribution to the ongoing conversation on equality, not to mention floor-happy house beats and kooky lead lines with driving 303 style bass patterns reminiscent of early Chicago house.
"We sampled irons, washing machines, sewing machines, anything domestic that had a cool sound and we used those sounds to build the tracks with the 1950s advertising samples to accentuate the messages of this music," said Patty Bom, who produced and recorded the EP.
"We listen to a lot of old House Music classics and being electronic music artists ourselves, researched the pioneering women in EMP, their stories, their careers and discovered their lack of acknowledgement. And then looking at our current social context, all the dots joined together to make a very clear picture of just how little has changed. We had to do our part for progress."
The Ironing Maidens is an experimental arts project that has seen the duo tour Europe, playing Germany's famous Fusion Festival, featured at Byron Bay's Falls Festival and awarded the 2017 Best Electronic Music Production in their local Awards.
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Award-winning electronic duo, The Ironing Maidens are putting domestic labour, gender equality and the history of women in electronic music centre stage with their freshly pressed house beats.
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Award-winning electronic duo, The Ironing Maidens are putting domestic labour, technology and the history of women in electronic music centre stage with a powerful new take on house music - electro housewife.
Ingeniously adapting real irons and ironing boards into electronic instruments to create breakthrough beats, The Ironing Maidens have toured their show in regional Australian laundromats and major festivals here and in Europe.
The duo were featured artists at Germany’s famous Fusion Festival, as well as Byron Bay Falls Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Jungle Love Festival and Adelaide Fringe. Winning Best Electronic Music Production in their local music Awards in 2017, The Ironing Maidens just won the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Innovation Award and were recently finalists in Queensland Music’s prestigious 2018 Grant McLennan Fellowship, and won the
The Ironing Maidens, Patty Bom and Melania Jack, were inspired to create this experimental electronic arts project five years ago when they discovered many female electronic music pioneers were absent from their electronic music education.
"Looking into the themes prominent during the 1950s when women like Daphne Oram were developing their highly influential work, we noticed parallels between the dismissal of women’s work in the home and the lack of recognition for women in music technology development,” said Patty.
"So we developed a new show, sampling sounds of the iconic iron and other household staples, and shining a spotlight on attitudes around issues of recognition and equality."
A homage to house music and a call to arms for women everywhere, The Ironing Maidens are bringing their fresh pressed beats and unique recipe for electro music to a laundromat near you.