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Candy Ass
Orgy
(R.A.F.R Records)


Who says that girls can't REALLY rock. Don't let Candy Ass hear you say that or they'd be likely to punch you right in the mouth. Candy Ass does rock, and they rock HARD. Who the Hell does Candy Ass think they are? Well, they fled New York City for the punk rock scene of Los Angeles wher e they proceeded to turn heads with their provocative shows...both sexual ly and in the "we'll fuck you up" stance. The three girls and one guy (w ho plays drums) have a way of working a crowd into a frenzy, and this EP shows us why.

Clocking in at just over 15 minutes, Candy Ass blows the doors off of ya with tracks like the opening "Bullets Bounce Off." It opens with a barra ge of guitar noise before settling into a "gentler" mode. Think the Go-G o's with a bit more balls. Their sweet yet slutty persona hides the sini ster lyrics. There's no reason why gems like the ultimately catchy "Go A way" or "Brenda's Boyfriend" couldn't achieve the hit status of other pop -punksters out there today. Both contain simple and engaging hooks and p lenty of singable melodies to drive you nuts for days. Just thinking abo ut these tunes sets my mind on infinite repeat. They get catty again on "Queen Of The Crazies." This tune is mined with explosive sections abut ting chunky progressions. At times it borders on kitchy, but their bitch y stance keeps it on the "safe" side of the line. The put the pedal to t he metal and rip through the traditionally structured "Better Than You." Although they're tearing the roof off with their guitars, their alluring choruses draw you in with sweet tones-then they slap you in the head wit h those heavy guitars again. I can't take all of the teasing! To close it out they take a swipe at the "Popular Girls." They make some witty an d cynical comments over another catchy yet rocking progression. More, mo re, more!

The myth that girls can't rock is just that...a myth. They tear away at it like the best "boy-punk" bands. Their songwriting is indelibly catchy and hooky, perfect for summer driving. It's got attitude as well, and t hat's important. Candy Ass sprinkle their hard rockin' pop infected yet gritty punk rock with a bit of that juicy sex angle. I mean, sex is one third of the equation, and add their stout rock and roll, and I don't thi nk you'd need the drugs to make this record a bombastically fun listen--i t already is.

-tom topkoff

Track Listing:
1. Bullets Bounce Off
2. Go Away
3. Brenda's Boyfriend
4. Queen Of The Crazies
5. Better Than You
6. Popular Girls


Mike Doughty



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