rockin grrrls' record label sure had the right idea when
they decided to unleash Letters From Frank on the public.
This whole album is nothing but Top Quality Rock And Roll...and
anyone who even thinks of saying otherwise deserves a swift
kick to the ribs and a sharp punch in the face.
Of course, that's
not to say there isn't something very poppy about the
Hissyfits' sound. A lot of the songs on here are very
reminiscent of bands such as the Go-Gos or the Bangles
but for every riff of pop there's also growling bass
lines and bone-rattling drums. The trio of Princess (who incidentally
is also coolgrrrls resident literary grrrl) Fon-Lin and P-Girl
burst out with an energized sound that sledgehammers it's
way out of your speakers - causing you to pump your fist and
sing along almost instantly. There's a definite anthem
quality to the tracks on this record from the minute
Something Wrong wriggles into your ears until Today is the
Day provides a reverberating finish that is filled with ear-splitting
feedback and gentle harmonies. Come to think of it, just about
every tune on here is kind of like that rough around
the edges but cushioned by the velvet touch of femininity.
This is the stuff
I would recommend playing at very high volumes after a rough
day the ultimate compliment to your own personal Hissyfit.
Or even better, pop it in the tape deck and use it as your
driving soundtrack because after a few rounds of these
grrrls' guitar cacophony and haunting vocals you'll
feel like you can take on just about anything.
--Special CoolGrrrl Correspondent