GRANNIES, THE: For Those About to Forget to Rock: LP

Are the Grannies just a gimmick band, only entertaining because they play in drag? I think not. Now that they’re on their seventh full-length, it’s safe to say that they’re at least somewhat serious about their music. Or at least as serious as a group of grownups with a new song entitled “Denture Breath” can be. This is an almost too pretty package for the seedy Grannies: a beautiful gatefold LP, with a full CD copy of the album included as well. The music is the same as it’s always been, with aggressive verses bookending tuneful choruses/sing-alongs. Lot of similar, better bands (Trash Brats and Diesel Queens come to mind) broke up quickly, so these guys are scoring major stamina points, if nothing else. This is a solid sampling of the Grannies, as good as their earlier records I heard. At this rate, they seem to be in it for the long haul. They’ll be granny age for real by the time they hang it up.

 –Art Ettinger (Wondertaker,