Fallopia: Equal rights and fist fights

By Tommy Calderon

It’s before rehearsal on a warm sunny evening in the south westside of Bellingham as each member of Fallopia strolls into the house for practice. Gear is already loaded in the garage as another band finishes their rehearsal slot. For the next couple of hours it’s going to be a hot, angry and therapeutic session of 100 percent punk rock.

Members Amanda Hodgins, Natalie Greene, Dylan Kloch and Bryan Hunter make up Fallopia, a newer band to Bellingham’s music scene and have been prominently bringing their riot grrrl inspired rock shows across town.

Drummer Bryan Hunter, describes Fallopia’s sound as a “feminist punch to the face and then a sweet serenade to sleep.”

Fallopia originally began as the seedling idea of vocalist and rhythm guitarist Amanda Hodgins. She was discouraged from playing music for the majority of her life, grew tired of being ignored and as an accessory when she was involved with any sort of music, Hodgins said.

“When I finally bought an electric guitar, I knew I could fucking do this,” she said.

Originally, Hodgins put out an ad on Craigslist but it didn’t yield any results. She later met lead guitarist and vocalist Natalie Greene at Fierce Fest and then the ball began to roll, she said. They practiced and played together but they found that they were lacking members; they needed a drummer, Hodgins said. In comes Bryan Hunter from a happenstance meeting at Trader Joe’s, she said. They began to write and rehearse with shows following suit, Hodgins said. Dylan Kloch is the newest member of the group who is holding it down on the bass.

The music is primarily feminist fueled, Hodgins said. Empowering women, queer, trans, and others is the band’s biggest goal, Greene said. The scene can use more diversity and they’re here to help make that happen, he added.

“If you’re the token woman in a band you need to be on your shit or yours will be torn apart; it sucks and needs to change,” Kloch said.

The band’s songs aren’t hiding anything, Hodgins said. “It’s simple, angry, and in your face,” she said.

Every member participates in the writing process and lyrics largely revolve around what makes them feel frustrated and angry, Greene said. Along with these things, Hodgins also writes about things she has struggled with like body image, she said. One song entitled, “I Look Good” is about empowering yourself and the body you have, she said.

“Being able to say something that I didn’t feel I could say before is extremely empowering and cathartic,” Hodgins said.

The band is family, Kloch said, with Hunter adding it’s about being there for one another. They try to give any person a spot to play, dance, hang out and shout back at things that not a lot of people see or hear, Hunter said.

LIVE SHOW: See Fallopia at the Swillery on Aug. 14. Listen to their music at fallopia.bandcamp.com.