MURDER FOR GIRLS: All the Wishes: CD

I’m psyched to hear so many bands coming out now that are drawing inspiration from all the rad female indie rock and grunge bands of the ‘90s. I still don’t think a lot of those bands got all the props they deserved. In Murder For Girls, you can hear traces of everyone from the Breeders to Hole, but they’re fleeting and mixed into a powerful, melodic concoction that is purely its own thing. What bums me out is that this is very smart, lyric-driven music that doesn’t include a lyric sheet. I’m a word guy. I can’t help it. I want to pore over a lyric sheet and really absorb what’s being said. Without it, I fall prey to these riffs and get caught up in how rocking it all is. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to listen to this over and over. –MP Johnson (Self-released, murderforgirls.bandcamp.com)