SPEED BABES, THE / ARSENE OBSCENE: Split: CS

This is a split cassette with France’s Arsene Obscene and Chicago’s The Speed Babes. Arsene Obscene have a dirty garage sound a la GG Allin or The Reatards minus the hooks. The Speed Babes are a jangly guitar rock band with garage overtones. Both acts play short tunes and the entire seven songs are done in under ten minutes. The Speed Babes are the better band here and may appeal to some Razorcake readers. Still, neither of these bands caught my attention, let alone blew me away. –Kurt Morris (What’s For Breakfast?, wfbrecords.com)