BRUISER QUEEN / THE GIRLS!: Split: 7”

Sometimes I throw on an old punk record, like the Sex Pistols or Joan Jett, and go, “Damn, this is slow!” Bruiser Queen is working with that same level of restraint, and it gives their garage rock an excellent, pounding heaviness. Their second song is a Lost Sounds cover with on-the-nose vocals. The Girls! skip along smoothly with hook-filled songs that have been fuzzed out in the garage. Their canny, punked-up take on ‘60s pop reminds me of a dive bar version of The Go-Go’s. Like peanut butter and bacon, Bruiser Queen and The Girls! are two great tastes that go shockingly well together. Oh, and, both bands are fronted by women. Take that, dicks. –Chris Terry (thegirlsbang.com)