Twinkle and The Sluts: Self Titled EP

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    Having had the pleasure of reviewing their previous Sluttier Than Thou EP and playing well received tracks on the Audioburger.com radio shows, it was no surprise that there was a tingle of excitement when UK punk rockers Twinkle and The Sluts recently released its self-titled successor. As the first EP, the release is a DIY treat of enterprise and attitude from the band which like the sounds inside, takes emotions back to the refreshing early days of punk.  Consisting of five stomping tracks the new release is blessed by and suffers from the same essences as their previous record and is equally as pleasing and rewarding.

Musically the band have not exactly moved forward but then with a sound which is aural contagion whilst chewing on the senses it is hardly worth mentioning. Production  like with the first EP does throw up issues from their DIY stance, making some moments feel bare and starkly raw when a little polish is needed but again back in the late seventies when this was the norm as bands broke free, we loved it. Again the collection of songs shouts out the potential of the band ahead whilst bringing a greatly satisfying riot in the now to engage in. Twinkle and The Sluts are one of the more impressive emerging rock bands in the UK, their blend of sounds which treat like a mix of X-Ray Spex, Penetration, Distillers, L7,and Juliette and The Licks, bringing them up to the side of the likes of The Bambi Killers and The Duel.

The release opens with the snappy beats and snarling bass of Renegade, its prowling predatory glancing speared by the feisty sonic381338_508381209191309_1661638130_n gazes of guitarist Alex and antagonistic vocals of Twinkle. The song never explodes into an expected fury but switches the addictive teasing with fuller bruising crescendos leading to and around the chorus. The beats of Curlz are hypnotic as they frame and drive the song whilst bassist Ash probes and snaps at the ear with simple but rich basslines, it all combining for a tasty opening to the EP. We would be lying if we denied feeling a little short changed by the production, expecting and wanting the song to bitch slap the senses at some point but being as over demanding as ever, the song still delivers big time to our satisfaction.

Drag Me To Hell follows and sets itself up as one of the best moments on the release. It is a dirty little gem of a track with a knowing swagger and Ramones like innocence which grabs the ear from its first grooved second to its last middle finger fuelled note. It is probably one of those songs which will find a different reception with different people, its repetition and corrosive cymbal smashes not for everyone but with its infectious breath and effect teased vocals makes for a compelling and pleasing encounter.

Things drop to a slow stalking with Sleaze, its rock gait and well thought out layers of instrumentation quite irresistible. Like the other songs it shows off the imagination in the songwriting and individual skills nicely giving evidence that the band has more in their locker than just punk and uncomplicated rock n roll. The track nicely sets one up to a song which was the highlight of the last EP and receives a reworking this time around. Narcissism is an exceptional song, a track which ticks all the boxes and sends limbs and passions into full frenzy. It has to be said though that the new version does not match the original which is surprising and disappointing, though it still stands as an impressive and addictive joy. It is hard to say what is missing, but there is certainly a lack of the bite and intensity which came with the Sluttier Than Thou original.

The release is completed by the excellent Russian Roulette, a song which has a Siouxsie and the Banshees meets Hole feel about it. It shuffles up pace and intensity for a thrilling incursion upon the ear with expertise and with its smart hooks and skilled melodic enticements takes top honours of the release.

The Twinkle and The Sluts EP is a great piece of combat to stand toe to toe with, of course the band wins but it is great fun succumbing to their uncompromising mischief. Hopefully someone somewhere will let them loose in a full studio without trying to quell their instinctive punk independence and attitude, then watch out.

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RingMaster 30/11/2012

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Twinkle and The Sluts – Sluttier Than Thou EP

With a name like Twinkle and The Sluts it was only going to go two ways. The band was either going to be a bunch of glam posers with pretence and a misguided belief in the actual weight and might or a formidable dirty rock/punk band with an attitude to match their edginess. Thankfully the UK punks are firmly in the camp of the latter and a band with the intent to stir things up with music that puts heart and creative energy first.

We called Twinkle and The Sluts punk but they actually sit nicely between that genre and rock to forge their own sound which, though as the Sluttier Than Thou EP shows the band are still defining it, has an impact and devilment which lights up the ear on every track. The band deliver a sound which feels inspired by the rock sounds of the likes of Distillers and Juliette and The Licks as well as being influenced by punk bands like L7 and Vice Squad. It is a stirring mix which only goes to accelerate the desire to hear more from the band.

 

The EP is of a demo quality to be fair but its rawness cannot hide the quality and vibrancy within the band and their music, and actually adds to the feel and edge of the contents. Each track fills the ear with little regard for comfort or gentle persuasion, the Birmingham based quartet eager to rattle cages and inspire reaction. The track Shut Your Dirty Mouth is a prime example. Opening with rhythms from drummer Curlz which intimidate from the off as Adam plunders the ear with his bass, the track erupts into a frenzied assault of guitar riffs from Alex primed to provoke a response. With the fine vocals of Twinkle taking charge the song is a slightly retro punk song which satisfies greatly.

The same can be said of Coffin Nail, another song dripping attitude which tramples over the senses with feisty riffs, forceful beats and commanding bass play. Brief though it is the song leaves blisters from its rock fuelled passion and scorched melodies. These two songs show a band with thought and ability in their songwriting and great balance in its presentation. Each song is solid and extremely pleasing but against the remaining two songs on Sluttier Than Thou are more the support for the main event.

Built To Last plunders the ear with rampaging beats from Curlz that hypnotise well before the caustic riffs of Alex and moody bass from Adam entrench themselves on the senses. The song again has a punk essence which here reminds of an X-Ray Spex and Hole rolled into one. Well crafted and confident the song varies its intensity and pace at times to intrigue constantly whilst Twinkle leaves no one in doubt to her and the lyrics intentions. The band have raised their game here wonderfully but they do not stop as the last of the quartet of great tracks explodes into the ear.

If there is one song right now that lingers and returns to the mind whenever it desires it is Narcissism. The song is glorious, its wanton swagger and taunting riffs as infectious as a cold. Spinnerette and L7 really come to mind here but the band have twisted those spices into their own striking punk rock song with a delicious twist of scarring melodies. The song confirms and strengthens the belief and thought that this is a band with a very bright future once they really get their sound defined.

Twinkle and The Sluts and Sluttier Than Thou will have you off your feet and joining in within moments of the first song, they are that contagious. There are not many truly outstanding punk/rock female fronted bands around currently but Twinkle and her cohorts are well on the way to joining them.

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RingMaster 03/03/2012

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