BUSINESS LADY: B Lady: CD

Shit, I’m gonna have a hard time with this one. These youngsters have made a pretty big impression on me lately, and as sometimes happens with bands that really hit me in the face, I’m having a hard time coming up with pigeonholes and reference points. Musically, they remind me a lot of Chicken Scratch, whose 1990 Important People Lose Their Pants has high status with me, but I haven’t talked to anyone who knows who Chicken Scratch was in ten years, so that probably won’t help you. There is (in this Locustian town) a certain post-Locust aspect to it with the keyboards and whatnot, but without all the spasticism or theatre. There’s dissonance, so you might could call it no wave, or experimental at least. There’s boys and a girl taking turns with the singing and screaming (probably all join in for the two minutes of weeping – so, okay, so there’s some theatre); I was trying to think of who the lady singing reminded me of and Wanda said it’s Kim Gordon. Her voice, when it shows up, exudes a kind of passive authority without really commanding anything. The boys scream and yell more, but that’s boys anyway. Musically, restrained noise and creepy beauty undulate together and are reflected in lines like “tears and teeth” and “cause the cuts just a hair bigger.” Overall, from the musical presentation to the lyrics to the visual layout, they seem like smart people who don’t give a fuck what everyone else is doing and maybe these days that’s all it takes to make me happy. Must be; it’s working.

 –doug (Business Lady)