A rock band of sheitel-clad Hasidic women? Why yes, indeed.
Bulletproof Stockings, a four-woman band based in Brooklyn, New York, released its debut LP in late 2015 before heading out on its first cross-country tour.
The band’s founders, drummer Dalia Shusterman and lead singer/keyboardist Perl Wolfe, call their musical style Hasidic alt rock, with elements of “classic rock of the ’60s and ’70s, classical music, old blues, alternative rock and Hasidic melodies,” Shusterman said.
The group—which also includes Dana Pestun on violin and Elisheva Maister on cello—made headlines in 2014 when they played New York’s Arlene’s Grocery, the iconic music venue on the Lower East Side, to an all-female audience. In concert, the band adheres to kol isha, the Jewish prohibition against a man listening to a woman sing.
“There have been issues that have come up around the all-women audience from the secular world and regarding our nontraditional style of music from the Hasidic world,” said Shusterman. “But the reception has been overwhelmingly positive: The secular world gets our sound and the Hasidic world is thrilled to see women using [their talents] in a positive way.”