Ecstatic Peace! Records
Release: May 20, 2008
Rating: 3 out of 5
Sounds like: Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, blissed-out experimental fem-punk
Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Pussy Galore’s Julie Cafritz recruit Japanese noise rock drummer Yoshimi (of Boredoms) to join their supergroup; walls of feedback, jagged guitar shards, and meandering vocal outbursts ensue. Highlights include the swirling, sweetly dissonant “Surf’s Up” (featuring superb guitarmanship from alt-god J. Mascis, which bumped the album up from 2.5 stars to 3), the rollicking, rhythmic “Sway,” and all four songs Cafritz fronts. Her aggressive vocals on the summery “Seasick” and the biting two-song combo “Roughshod” and “Help Me” are the perfect antidote to Gordon’s syrupy (and at times foot-dragging) song-speak. The childish punk silliness of “Bananas” sums up the whole Free Kitten experience: much like Sonic Youth, you’ll either love ‘em or you’ll scratch your head, trying hard like a good little music fan to understand what all the fuss is about.