SUBTONIX: Too Cool for School b/w Rich Boys: 7″

With an up-front saxophone and a strident female vocalist, it’s almost impossible to not mention that they sound a lot like X-Ray Spex, but beyond the easy comparison is an extremely edgy, all-girl Italian five piece that aren’t mining cemeteries and fucking musical corpses. At times, the sax comes across exactly like a siren, and the vocalist isn’t so much interested in sounding as operatic as Poly Styrene, as she seems to be choking back and lashing out, which definitely serrates their edge. In the background is a band that sounds like they could be on Rip Off Records; well recorded lo-fi tension wrapped nice and tight around a steady beat. What a nice suprise.

 –todd (Vida Loca)