The Gits were an early-nineties punk band from Seattle. They released Frenching the Bully originally in 1992, but shortly after the release, the lead singer, Mia Zapata, was murdered. Recently, The Gits have been creeping back into the scene in the sense that a movie is being made about them, this album has been re-released, and it looks like the murderer has finally been found. The whole story is both interesting and sad, but I’m not going to tell it here. I’m just going to talk about the music. It’s tighter and faster than what you would expect to come out of Seattle in the early nineties. Zapata’s vocals and her lyrics are streetwise and tough. The guitars have a tendency to slip off into a solo, which is something I’m not fond of, but Steve Moriarty’s drumming makes up for it. If you judge this album by 2003 standards, it’s mediocre. There are a lot of bands taking punk rock fronted by a tough, female vocalist and driving it into directions far beyond what people were doing in 1992. But if you compare Frenching the Bully to some of its contemporaries like L7, Seven Year Bitch, or even male-fronted Seattle punkers Seaweed (whose song style sounds pretty similar to The Gits), The Gits blow them away. This re-release also has nine songs from a live recording of one of The Gits shows in 1993. It’s a pretty good recording, but all of the songs that they played at their show are on Frenching the Bully, so it’s kinda like hearing the album twice in a row with the songs in a different order.
–sean (Broken Rekids)