The Skinny: S/K formed in the mid 90s at the tail end of the riot grrrl thing. This was their seventh release and their first for Sub Pop. Fierce, vicious and unrelenting are words that come to mind.
Sounds like: St Vincent, Pavement, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Superchunk, White Stripes, Bikini Kill, Sonic Youth
Deeper Thoughts: This is a heavy as hell record. I am a big Janet Weiss fan and her drumming propels this set — there are few drummers who match her masterful tom work (the band will not be the same without her). It has the sense of huge gears cranking and occasionally grinding out of sync, only to slip back into place to continue cranking. This is a breath-taking cacophony, featuring unyieldingly inventive arrangements of their twisted and emotional songs. The bashing and grinding are pretty angular, but not at the expense of groove. It’s amazing that they have no bass player; apparently they tune their guitars one and a half steps down (D♭ tuning).
The Sonics: Producer David Fridman has pushed the levels so hard that many of these tunes occasionally distort to the point of clipping. I’m sure this was the aesthetic they were going for, but it does distract at times from the gloriously inventive tunesmithing here. The aggressive sonics make this a kickass car jam, which is my favorite venue to listen to this disc. The mixes are super present on headphones. This disc will move some air through your loudspeakers.
Corin Tucker, vocals & guitar
Carrie Brownstein, guitar & vocals
Janet Weiss, drums & harmonica & backing vox
3.”What’s Mine Is Yours”
9.”Let’s Call It Love”