SCISSOR GIRLS: Self-titled: LP

May 25, 2021

This LP contains a remaster of the band’s demo from 1992. The album contains seven songs of raw and deconstructed minimalism. “Riveted” rolls along at a trudging pace, framing resonant cacophony from the guitars.  It’s an awesome combo: lots of discordant noises emanating over tight but simple drum riffs. The vocals are talk-sung with a Mark E. Smith lilt. “Gamma E-Ray-Ser” continues in this vein with riffs climbing the stratosphere around tight sonic stomping. I’m not familiar with the band’s later output, but this visit to ’92 finds this Chicago band making a demo in great form. Highly recommended for fans of no wave or The Fall. –Billups Allen (Jabs, thescissorgirls.bandcamp.com)

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