Bursting, bucking and kicking from the speakers like McClusky does Le Tigre – or actually Le Tigre does McClusky! – here’s Hairless, debut 3-track EP from Newcastle punkers, Tough Tits.
You’ll hear Pussy Riot if you want, but Kathleen Hana is the spirit-animal driving Fantasy; it’s Bikini Kill but manages to flick some curls with a bit of Throwing Muses’ guitar weave.
The opening, title track has a Royal Trux/Jon Spencer-esque dirty-bass infection, and though politically you can align this with The Raincoats, certainly The Slits, Kitten Forever and all manner of feminist punk from across the year its immediate sound – so full, so vital – brings to mind a more out there, less pop-hook-oriented Babes In Toyland.
Wild and wilful and just eight minutes in total, recorded by a band that had only been around for six months – it’s beautifully ugly, frantic, searching and intentionally under-cooked, but not at all under-delivered….beyond the fact that it amounts to mere-teaser. More from Tough Tits. More. Right away please.