BETTIE AFTER MIDNIGHT: Exploits of a Girl Gang: CD

For a power trio, Bettie After Midnight is a pretty heavy outfit. Think L7 and a select few of the punk/metal bands that were ruling the early ‘90s. Choice cuts here: “Step Aside,” “The Last Time,” and “Lorax” (this isn’t Dr. Seuss’ Lorax, is it? You have Razorcake’s own Gary H. as a fan if it is). The rest of the disc kinda runs together, not that that’s such a bad thing—it’s just not my cup o’ tea. I could totally see these NYC-based ladies supporting Rob Zombie on a states tour, so if Gene Simmons is thinking of swooping in on them, he needs to clear that shit up with Mr. Zombie first (Rob’s a better choice anyway). If they keep more of the upbeat tunes coming without going poppy and switch off on vocal duties a bit more, Bettie After Midnight just may give all the half-assed punkers with instruments a serious run for their money.

 –dale (www.bettieaftermidnight.com)