The lead singer is often the person in a band who fans identify with the most. Here are 10 bands who don’t have a lead singer, but whose members all share the mic.
All four members of Houndmouth, Matt, Katie, Zak and Shane, share the vocal duties on their first two LPs.
The New Pornographers
The New Pornographers have Neko Case, Carl Numan (A.C. Numan) and Dan Bejar from Destroyer all trading off the mic.
All four members of Sloan not only share the microphone but every member also writes music. The person who wrote the song generally sings on it.
Same goes with Kongos: they’re a band made up of four brothers who all contribute to the song writing. They write songs separately and then bring them to the band and that’s usually how they decide who sings lead.
Broken Social Scene
Broken Social Scene is a collective of musicians drawing from bands like Stars and Metric, some might argue Kevin Drew is their lead singer but they have a diverse line-up who all share the mic.
Paul Mccartney and John Lennon are usually top of mind when people think of The Beatles, but George Harrison and Ringo Starr also sang lead on some of their big songs.
Beastie Boys were originally a hardcore punk band where Mike D was lead vocalist. When they decided to make hip hop instead, all three shared the singing duties.
Mounties is a supergroup made up of musicians who have all previously fronted popular Canadian bands (Hot Hot Heat, Hawksley Workman, Limblifter). They now all share the lead vocals in their new band.
Sonic Youth has never chosen a leader. Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, and Lee Ranaldo all sing lead.
You could put any boy or girl band on this list so here’s Wilson Phillips.