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The Chicken Hawks
Siouxicide City
(RAFR)


The Chicken Hawks come busting out of the nether world that is Sioux City , Iowa with a sound that draws from the gritty rock arena as well as from a touch of glam. Wanna call them part of the new metal happenings, that 's fine, but they are much more than that. This is rock and roll as it's meant to be-loud, gritty and sun. Just rest assured that these two wome n and two men will rip your little chicken-hearts out and force them back down your throats. And you will like it!

Look no further than the gritty blues influenced vibe of "High From Basta rd City." Is this the bastard son of Lightning Hopkins and the Dolls? C ould be. There's nothing fancy here: it's just heartfelt solid blues inf luenced punk rock. No, it's not that speedy kind of metal that folks are digging-it's smart and restrained (so to speak), even through all the in herent delinquency. The short "Teenager" draws from the same school as v intage X. There's a quick and tight refrain peppered with just a few lea ding moments. It's all in the feel, and the 'Hawks prove that they've go t the heart and fire to make an impact. "They Wanna Fight" chronicles th e "bad girls" scene. It fits the band well, even though it is a cover cr edited to the (I would assume) male ensemble Chuck Herrod and the Anteate rs. They take things to the most basic level with the inane "Stick It In ," a fairly routine punk groove with a pile of stupid party lyrics. Bets y Phillips' slurry and vital delivery makes up for the stupidness of the lyrics. One thing is for certain, though, they know how to rock hard and they do it well. Tap a keg of attitude for the bombastic "Bad Bitch Boo gie," where Phillips lays a set of confrontational and slurred lyrics ove r a very Cramps guitar structure. "Get Loose" begins with some noisy gui tar explosions before settling into a very old school punk refrain. Phil lips again loads her vocals with raspy and mostly incomprehensible lyrics (thank god for the lyric sheet) but who really needs to know what's bein g said when a barrage of guitars and drums are beating you upside the hea d? And what would an album by a band called The Chicken Hawks be without some song referencing Foghorn Leghorn-you'll find that on the second cut , "Foghorn's Blues," another balls to the wall exercise in speed and punk vocals. Do you get the picture? Good, because the rest of this 21 minu te record is more of the same.

Who says that you have to come from New York City or Los Angeles to feel that angst? There's plenty enough to go around in the rural areas. Yep, they certainly did their time in L.A. creating a following along the way (Hell, the record was produced by the Humpers guitarist Mark Lee and Sal ly Browder, whose credits include Wayne Kramer.) The Chicken Hawks do on e thing well--they play some kick-ass rock and roll. No pretension, no r ock star attitudes, just the basic most gritty rock and roll that you can find. It's fast, it's chunky and it's just plain fun. That's why The C hicken Hawks should be heard...and heard LOUD.

-tom topkoff

Track Listing:
1. Stick It In
2. Foghorn's Blues
3. High From Bastard City
4. Bad Bitch Boogie
5. High Profile
6. Tornado
7. They Wanna Fight
8. Get Loose
9. Heart Throb Man
10. Fuck Minneapolis
11. Teenager


 


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