The Mentalists are an all girl dance-rock band from London who were featured on Make Zine for covering Kids by MGMT on their iPhones. While the rendition isn’t the best, the inspiring possibilities are endless. It has been argued that computers and technologies are solitary activities and the getting-back-to-the-internet by young feminists and activists holes ourselves away, geeking out, and not building community.
What I love about what The Mentalists are doing here is that they’re using free applications (on expensive hardware mind you) as tools to recreate a piece of popular culture, giving it their own spin (free performance, all-girl band, not perfect in execution). They’re building relationships with each other, performing in public (and on YouTube), and providing us with a conversation piece concerning media-ownership, the ability of young women to master an application, and the one and only girl band. Happy IWD!