BAYONETTES, THE: Stuck in This Rut b/w Sour: 7”

Sharp shooting punk pop with crystalline female vocals cutting the way. If you like X-Ray Spex (sans horns and a little less of Polly’s trill and howl/yodel) and have it updated, via the likes of The Soviettes (the male backup vocals add a nice dimension), you’re in the right place. This Canadian foursome jounces on the lean musical bedrock of something akin to early Police, where the playing’s inventive, but not flashy; rockin’ without the crotch-grabbin’. If my math’s right, Mark Pesci, who plays in the Bayonettes, was the dude who did a stage dive right onto the floor during a Marked Men show in Austin, was ambulanced out, but managed to play a set the next day. That’s a testament to the power of good music healing, once again, and so is this short slab of vinyl.

 –todd (Deranged)