WHORE PAINT: Menarchy: 7”

I’ve been eager to check out this 7” and it more than lives up to the hype. Whore Paint are a three-piece with no bassist, playing catchy, distorted no wave. Each of the three songs on this recording feature guitarist Hilary Jones furiously shredding riffs, matched measure for measure by Meredith Stern’s precise but spastic abuse of her drums, and accompanied by Rebecca Mitchell’s ethereal vocals. Mitchell’s vocals alternate between haunted singing and banshee-like screams that echo in the listener’s head and I was very into it. Some clever gear setup allows Jones to play low end out of a bass amp and high end out of her guitar amp. It’s an arrangement that works really well for the band. When you’re already rocking out this hard, who needs a bass player?

 –Paul J. Comeau (Anchor Brain, [email protected])