Rock music would appear to be in a right mess at the moment if you
were to look no further than the constitution of this countrys
stock media. Insipid to its core when filtered through the brain-colon
of the standard Mercury-nominated tosh, you might be wondering where
the danger went in rock n roll, the fire, the fuckoffness.
If youre a true believer you have to dig a little deeper to
get to the treasure. Thats hardly news, but its not often
that someone does the work for you and releases a lovely compilation
that captures that essence rare. London-based organisation Loud Women
have done just that with their self-titled first volume of exciting
rock n roll from the underground of the UK music scene, proving
it to be far more rewarding than the scorched-earth ground floor.
It's all here. Theres confrontation and dissonance from Petrol
Girls Touch Me Again (the title refrain followed
by .. and Ill fucking kill you), air-guitar-instigation
from Dolls with Audrey, engine-revving vibes with I-Destroys
eponymous trasher, and funny and observational alternative rock of
Wimmins Institute Nandos (Going on a date
with my man Orlando/ Maybe hell take me to the isle of Fernando/
But hey what a treat, were going to Nandos Textbook!).
Not left wanting at the end of the CDs 21 tracks, it's an achievement
amongst compilations in not leaving the listener feeling bloated in
the ear-canals. That's because there's no padding here, every track
is a winner. In fact you will leave feeling awesome, safe in the knowledge
that all profit from this excellent comp goes to Womens Aid,
a charity working to end violence against women and children. The
bar is set high for Volume Two!