Fri 28 Aug 2009
I don’t think we can deny that California punk is hot in our speakers right now; Mika Miko, The Widow Babies and Dum Dum Girls are among the bands we’ve been majorly digging recently. Grass Widow is another band from the area that stands out. Hailing from San Francisco, the trio of Hannah Lew (bass), Raven Mahon (guitar, trumpet) and Lillian Maring (drums) make sweet girly-punk, sparkling like The Raincoats and cheekily burning you like TacocaT. With precious bubble-gum harmonies swept with rambled groans and mumbled tones bent between clattering drum rolls and dogged guitar riffs, their music is catchy and instantly engaging. Blending influences as far and beyond as The Slits, Dolly Mixture and the Neo Boys.
In April Grass Widow released their debut self-titled LP and by July the band’s label Make A Mess Records had sold out; but there is going to be a repressing of the album so keep an eye on the band’s website. There is however a new Grass Widow 12″ that you can pick up via Captured Tracks. The EP has four brand new tracks including a cover of The Urinals’ ‘Black Hole’.