Young, Noisy and Angry: Voice of Baceprot and Feminism in Metal Band
This paper examines the significance of the Indonesian all-female teenage metal band Voice of Baceprot (VoB) in spreading messages of empowerment and social change through music. Drawing on feminist critical discourse analysis and textual analysis, this study analysed four VoB song lyrics. The analysis reveals three central themes in VoB music: resisting systemic oppression of women, advocating for freedom of self-expression and identity, and voicing sociopolitical criticism. This paper argues that VoB’s lyrics portray empowerment as exposing and dismantling the prejudicial roots of injustice, making space for marginalised voices, and demanding human rights and equity as lived realities. The VoB suggests that empowerment requires transgressing societal constraints to integrate identity into one’s own terms. As hijabi women perform metal music, the VoB signifies the radical possibilities of claiming space through art and courage. Their songs convey that empowerment starts by refusing control and determining one's path. Despite receiving some criticism regarding the inappropriateness of Muslim women playing in a metal band, the VoB's success illuminates the possibility of change through grassroots efforts. The paper concludes that VoB's lyrics envision alternative futures by advocating justice, equality, and empowerment. Their messages make empowerment possible by calling for oppression and creating space for marginalised voices. VoB represents hope for change, driven by creativity and perseverance.