“Conveniently for me the final Club Milk was at the Ratstar squat in Camberwell, but a stone’s throw from my house. I got there to be greeted by a very smiley promoter and a few friends I’d not seen in a while. The Ratstar was sparsely populated, but there were enough people to make it worthwhile. The first band I saw were called Skinny Girl Diet. Get this, they are all cousins, pretty young (I’m guessing around 16?) and they had only been together for two months. They were amazing! A dark bassy distorted guitar sound but fun enough to dance to as well. No post-ironic bullshit just passion. And their nervousness only made me like them more. And the bassist has a gold Angela Davis necklace. Now you can’t fault that.”—http://switswoo.blogspot.com/2010/12/homosexual-death-drive.html
This music is wonderful: brash, unafraid, reared and raised on my peers (Babes In Toyland, Heavens To Betsy, old school grunge). Female. Teenage. Reminds me of Skinned Teen a little, but it would. Riot Grrrl, like I always understood it … i.e. female empowering, and not scared to experiment with new musical forms, and not rooted. Exciting, because this music could go anywhere. There’s a Tumblr blog full of cat pictures and vaguely menacing attitude. Of course there is. There’s a great song on the MySpace called ‘Eyes That Paralyze’ which mixes the spirit of the ‘lost’ Slits Rough Trade/Y album with some Furious Pig-style harmonics and wickedly distorted guitars. Of course there is. The band are from London. Of course they … no wait, that’s one reason why they sound so refreshing. This music is often American. Miasmic repetition. Sure there’s miasmic repetition. There are a couple of free downloads on the Soundcloud page. Of course there are … and of course they aren’t the best songs. Nathan from The Gossip would LOVE this – it’s Gothic, grunge AND teen female.
Check out ‘Eyes That Paralyze’ and ‘Forget You’ and the youth-dissatisfaction of ’14′ on the MySpace. Wonderful stuff.