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HotChaCha / Summer People
Do It
Exit Stencil Recordings
www.hotchachaband.com


Running a gamut of rip-roaring punk rock and psychedelic metal, HotChaCha howl and char through their new recording, a split with Summer People entitled Do It, in the vein of Joan Jett's The Runaways. The Cleveland-based quartet bolsters pounding tempests like "94 Chapin" buffered by bangles of stoner-inclined musings displayed in "Et Cetera." Do It comes in the wake of their 2010 recording Fantastic Static which rides on the nouveau punk momentum that they alone seem to be propelling.

Do It is reminiscent of the punk rock spirit reflected in material by Sleater Kinney and Green Day. Equipped with garage rock slings, HotChaCha's tracks flail with whiplashing force like in "Aorist" and "94 Chapin" torqued by drummer Roseanna Safos and amplified by the guitar burns of Mandy Aramouni. The singeing vocals of Jovana Batkovic cut close to screamo as bassist Greg Gebhard barrels through the twisted metal of shredded guitar chords. Gebhard takes over lead vocals on the thermal pulsed "Et Cetera" and "Baseball Bat" injecting a grunge-style stoner metal into the album. Meaty tracks like "All Babes Are Wolves" and "German Soldier" are executed with all the rumble and pomp reflective of glam punk-powered outfits like The Soviettes, while "The Fox And The Hound," fronted by Gebhard, is garnished in rattling drumbeats and synth-textured guitar treads. "Suicide Mission" exudes a somber mood loaded with funeral-tempo drum pounds as Batkovic's deep-toned vocals contort the lyrics alternating between stretching out the words and tightening them up into balled fists.

Formed in 2007, HotChaCha seem to be one of the last of their breed of punk rockers. The female brawn of "Suicide Mission" and "Aorist" are archetypical of girl rock, and with the addition of Greg Gebhard, they share their passion for garage-based punk outside of the girl rock frame. Do It has the makings of igniting a cult following, and like every cult following, the band has the potential of becoming mainstream.

-Susan Frances

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