|THE DISTILLERS may have proven they can tough it in
the punk rock boys club, and the likes of Sleater-Kinney may consistently
command respect in the underground, but there's still sadly a dearth of
women in rock music. And what with mainstream punk being lightweight and
somewhat stagnant, it's surely time for a much-needed dose of oestrogen
into the mix. Judging by 'Punk Rock Romance', The Hissyfits might be just
the band to swing a well-aimed stiletto nad-wards. Yes, this EP displays
vague similarities to the good girl groups of yore - The Go-Go's, The
Runaways - but touring like buggery on the Ladyfest and Warped jaunts
has turned Holly Jacobs' in-vogue New Yorkers into a sharp, acid-tongued
punk band with latent pop sensibilities. The Hissyfits rule. And not because
they're girls, either - just because they do. KKKKK
*Review of songs from the new Can't Keep Waiting EP, (downloads available on Music page)
Reviews of Letters From Frank
|The Hissyfits have a feminine sweetness with voice inflections
that aren't so sweet, multipart female vocals that play off each other
but come together for beautiful harmonies, rough fuzz from the guitar.
The sensibility is sort of romance as something doomed and precious but
enlivened by little flicks of the knife -- a good framework for music
and its indefinite emotions...
|This whole album is nothing but Top Quality Rock and
Roll. For every riff of pop there's also growling bass lines and
bone-rattling drums. The band bursts out with an energized sound that
sledgehammers its way out of your speakers - causing you to pump your
fist and sing along almost instantly. This is the stuff I would
recommend playing at very high volumes after a rough day...
These sunny rockers should provide the perfect summer-love soundtrack
for the grrrl-friendly indie rock set [with their] bittersweet pop gems.
A fun mix of Bangles-sweet three-part vocal harmonies, psychedelic pop,
and the electric crunch of the Foo Fighters or even the Ramones...
The Hissyfits throw all gimmicks and overdone styles right out
the window and draw instead from indie-pop and stripped-down punk.
The Hissyfits invitation to a hiss and a kiss perfectly
describes the deceptively sweet hooks that coat their sassy core.
Uniquely soft harmonic vocals that can only be on be accurately described
as completely mesmerizing...
The Hissyfits rock. Every single track is a
winner here. If you dug Sleater-Kinney's All Hands On the Bad
One, this is your album. It has that same post-Ramones popiness but
much more distorted, angrier guitars, and the constant employment of
beautiful three-part vocal harmonies makes you wonder if Brian Wilson
is co-writing some of these gems...
With all its harmonic heartbreak and heartache, the first proper
full-length from New York's latest buzz bandits, the Hissyfits, may
be the most gripping and startlingly frank gone-wrong relationship album
of the year...
Twelve beautiful tracks of luscious, harmony drenched, sugary-yet
acidic pop tunes...complete with glorious hooks that are guaranteed
to keep you coming back day after day for one more hit, one more moment
of bliss. The Hissyfits are for fans of great songs, songs that
will provide soundtracks to your lonely nights, tear-filled days, summery-blissful
afternoons, and every other moment of your life...
|With whip-smart power-pop with an unabashed love for
rowdy guitars, the acts latest album is anything but a nasty little
tantrum: Loud guitars give the band an edge thats not too far removed
from the energy of punk or garage rock, though its guitar and bass sport
juicy melodies while Princess cushy lead vocals, as well as her
band mates sugary harmonies pump out pure, unfiltered pop...
You dont need a Rock-O-Meter to divine that the Hissyfits
are doing something right -- playing pop-punk like its supposed
to be played skimping on portions of neither. Their punk
side is all thrashing, mancingly dark energy, and their pop side is
given over the perfect crafting of The Song. These girls make
[California's "pop-punk" prettyboys] look like Vince Van Patten...
With rock drums, distorted guitars, and lush pop harmonies, the
New York-based Hissyfits are unafraid to show their rock and roll roots.
Their songs are ultra-catchy.
Perfect records stand up. Its been more than a month
for the Hissyfits Something Wrong, and the record
is still growing. If they start with the Shangri-Las, they turn
a corner with the Who and before you know it you havent heard
Tight-wound punk rock with a sweet melodic edge as performed by
three hardcore women who can actually all sing on key. The Hissyfits
are like no band I've ever heard before; the closest thing I can think
of is the first album by The Raincoats from way back in the early '80s,
but this has far more punch...
The Hissyfits write songs that have that summer-time girl group
style with a good deal of punk push and occasional bitterness (i.e.,
early Slits, Brix's Adult Net). They are the most pop band that
I have seen in a long time while being decidedly ANTI-POP...
|New York City's edgy pop-punk quartet The Hissyfits have changed their lineup and added a viola player since the release of their debut album, Letters From Frank, last July. But that doesn't mean the next album, due this fall, will find the all-women group abandoning its personal, true-to-life lyricism and bittersweet rock sound... neumu|
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