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
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.
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