So many wonderful sounds have emanated from the Motor City—the MC5, Parliament/Funkadelic, the Dirtbombs, the Von Bondies and oh yes, the 455 SD, the 1971 king of muscle cars immortalized in song by Radio Birdman. The latest Detroit export, Broadzilla, doesn’t quite follow in the same tradition as any of the aforementioned, but instead looks to the vamped attitude of the tough-as-nails girl groups. No disrespect intended, but it’s hard to escape the feeling that this is a band better experienced live than on disc. Guitarist/vocalist Rachel May, bassist Kim Essiambre, and drummer Angie Manly cut impressive figures in their matching, low-cut, patent leather outfits. The music isn’t a far cry from the over-the-top earnestness of L7, the Lunachicks and more recently, the Gore Gore Girls. Songs like “On the Run,” “Diamond Sex Goddess” and “Stargazer” recalls the youthful, “are-they-or-aren’t-they-really-hot-lesbians?” appeal of the band that started it all, the Runaways. Although wildly popular on their home turf, a little bit of Broadzilla goes a long way everywhere else.
–eric (Diamond Star)