WHO ARE THEY? A distinctively different crew of punky Portland rockers who borrowed their name from a Patti Smith song — and are fronted by take-no-prisoners singer-guitarist Jessica Boudreaux.
WHAT IS THIS? Their fourth collection of songs that rebelliously obliterate the line between ’90s indie-rock, fuzz-pop and garage-punk.
WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE? Better than your average indie band — thanks in no small part to Boudreaux’s in-your-face songwriting and the band’s ability to fuse punky grit and energy with more artful arrangements and performances.
WHAT WOULD BE A BETTER TITLE FOR THIS ALBUM? Don’t Tell Me No If You Know What’s Good For You.
HOW SHOULD I LISTEN TO IT? On a playlist with your favourite female college-rockers from the ’90s.
WHAT 10 WORDS DESCRIBE IT? Swaggering, scrappy, rude, wiry, intense, choppy, poppy, catchy, stylish, exuberant.
WHAT ARE THE BEST/WORST SONGS? The blazing False Anthem, Can’t Tell Me No and Behave open the proceedings with a deadly combination of blows.
WHAT WILL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAY? ‘Does every band from the Pacific Northwest sound exactly like they’re from the Pacific Northwest?’
HOW OFTEN WILL I LISTEN TO THIS? At least a few times — Boudreaux’s insistence is impossible to ignore.
IF THIS ALBUM WERE A RESTAURANT, WHAT KIND OF RESTAURANT WOULD IT BE? A place that looks sort of divey but serves tasty, irresistible fare that sticks to your ribs.
SHOULD I BUY, STREAM OR STEAL? Buy it — or be prepared to tell her no.