"angry grunge sex music" indeed!
Oh, I can't say it loud enough... I love this band. In the interest of full disclosure, I was in a band briefly with Dan Hawthorne (one of 2 guitar/voxists in the mighty Mollybolt), but this is where it all comes together, beautifully. The songs are crunchy, tightly-honed pop numbers, mostly sung by one Linda Niksich, and how. I can't compare her voice to anyone else's, but I think she's probably tougher than Joan Jett & twice as nice as Penelope Houston.
The sounds are stellar, as they were massaged by the talented, unheralded Greg Odell at Portland's finest small studio, Cat Piss Studios, not too long ago. I bet most of these were first takes, they sound so natural & uncompromised. I've recorded at ye olde Piscio di Gatto studio di registrazione, and it's a relaxed setting that yields maximum returns, as proven here.
Of course there are 13 songs (ahhh, thank you!), and every one's a killer. Linda sings most, and wrote most of 'em, too, but it doesn't sound like a one-woman show here, but like a great band. In a live setting, they do like a drink here & there, but their victories onstage far outweigh their, uh, occasional tuning mishaps (okay, ONE time). If you only have 5 minutes to preview this disc, "All I Am" & "Colt .45" are recommended for a quick taste of what goes on here. The rhythm section, one Lee Beghtol on bass & vox, and David Alspaugh on drums & vox, kills. It sounds like they've been doing this for years, but this is obviously a long-awaited first album, which nails it.
The categories assigned to this disc "angry," "grunge" and "sex music" couldn't be more accurate. But there's a huge bucketful of joy, too, and seeing it live clarifies this. But hearing all the instruments & voices in isolation brings it all home, so I wholeheartedly recommend you bring it home for real.