In the beginning the punk was void and without form. And Hilly
said, "Let there be CBGB's. " This is music that isn't preoccupied
with the punk rock sorting hat. Reptoids have more passion and
direction than technical ability, which is precisely why punks created
this whole pastime in the first place - to rail against Guitar Institute
Of Technology gits. All you have to do is have a good musical or lyrical
idea (which they've got both) and bring it to life. That's not to say
that they aren't decent musicians, they just avoid showboating and appear
on the same page.
Singer Kay Oh tries to be neither too cutesie nor unearthly evil
but irresistibly strong and tough. The sonic thrills are an amalgam of
minor-note garage rock and artsy darkness perpetrated by Melissa's
avalanche guitar licks and like-minded bass from Ari Joffee. "F.U."
demonstrates perfectly how they take each part and pull the threads together
into something vivid knitted by Meg's skilled drumsticks. The backup
vocals blend so well that it sounds like studio technique. I parked this
tiger, and after a dozen listens, none of the excitement has leaked out.
And they play with Evil Beaver? But of course.
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2. Permanent Mark
4. 9 Times
5. Soft Living
6. Crimes Against Humanity
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