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Pettybone reviews

Trust:


Es kommt aus London und es hat nichts mit Wohltat! Stattdessen gibt es feministischen Hardcore Punk mit Ebullition-Einschlag. Zumindest bei mir liegen der Platte keine Texte bei, was ich ziemlich schade finde, weil die Songtitel doch recht vielversprechend klingen. Doch auch ohne so richtig zu wissen, worum es hier überhaupt geht, tritt die Platte gehörig Arsch. Viel Verzerrung. Viel Wut. Viel gaspedal. Die Becken klingen ein wenig zisselig, so als wären sie einfach ein, zwei Zoll zu klein für diese Art Musik. Aber wenn mensch schon sowas als Kritik anbringen muss, dann ist eine Platte zweifellos im oberen Drittel der
Qualitätsrangliste angesiedelt.

PS: Gestern live gesehen und schwer beeindruckt! Ich musste abwechselnd an Catharsis und Zegota denken und ich finde beide Bands enorm geil...


(Jan Tolva, "Trust" # 154, Germany)

 

Some Will Never Know Zine:


Let?s go back in time a bit. In 2010 I saw one of the first Pettybone (yes that?s a reference to Black Flag artwork artist Raymond Pettibon) shows in London when we were on a weekendtrip with Never Again. While London was a bit of a letdown itself (raining all day long), Pettybone was a highlight. Four girls walked on stage, plugged in and simply started raging. They blew me away. There was no demo to pick up (as far as I remember) but I kept in touch with them. This resulted in an interview with Lianna (the bassplayer, she used to play in Hang The Bastard too) for SWNK #2 and now this review. Pettybone just released their debut full length.

So while my mind takes me back to that show, I put on this record. Let?s see if they can blow me away again. While I?m walking through my memories of London the record starts with the song Pettybone. The opening lyrics read like a manifest. While that may sound pretentious, it isn?t. They?re making a point and it sets the mood right away. I just might like this.

 

I already had the feeling while I saw them live, but these recordings confirm it. The music reminds me of Nirvana (really, I?m not just trying to throw that in because I love Nirvana) now and then, being it a lot more chaotic and heavy. It?s raging but it still has loads of melody. The screaming vocals are good too. While I wish they did more like the vocals (talking / singing) in the beginning of the songs Pettybone & Le Regard (!) & No Justice Tonight, I?m not complaining. I?m just one of the few in this genre that prefer sung vocals over screaming I guess. The times they do use this different vocal approach it sounds really refreshing though, so maybe the mix is just fine as it is.

 

Highlights of the album? I like the fact that they not just made some good songs, but thought about it as an album. Let me try to explain that. Pettybone understands quite well that the opening and the

closing song are probably the most important on an album, being the first and the last thing you hear. Aside from the opening song setting the tone right away (great lyrics) one of the other highlights was the ?Blues Song (I?ve Got Nothing To Lose)? on the end. A 4 minute long instrumental blues jam with a long sampled intro. Nothing groundbreaking, but a damn fine outro. At the end you feel like you were on quite a ride. The one you want to get on again when you?re done. When you?re ready for it.

 

You can listen to two tracks below to get an idea. They?re coming over to Europe from the 14th of September until the 25th of September. So if you have the chance, go see em. You can pre-order the LP here and the CD can be ordered here.  Let?s hope people wake up to Pettybone, let?s hope that other world

they?re talking about is possible.

 

(some will never know zine, holland, 2011)

 

Pasazer:

 

"PETTYBONE to kwartet czterech londyńskich dziewcząt, który znalazł uznanie w oczach wytwórni EMANCYPUNX. Nazwa PETTYBONE jest hołdem dla jednego z najważniejszch punk rockowych artystów Raymonda Pettibone   autora okładek m.in. dla BLACK FLAG czy SONIC YOUTH. Panie pochodzą z Czech, Niemiec, Anglii i Kornwalii. Ivone, Amy, Liana i Zel są więc przykładem typowego dla Londynu połączenia witalnych sił wielu kultur. Same o sobie piszą, że są: "  głosem uciskanych dla tych wszystkich kobiet ,
którym wmówiono, że są bezużyteczne, dla tych wszystkich, którzy wierzą w swoje marzenia, dla tych wszystkich biednych i bezdomnych, którzy walczą o wolność i poszanowanie, dla wszystkich imigrantów, którzy chcą z godnością kroczyć przez ulice Londynu, dla wszystkich poszukiwaczy prawdy bo prawdą jest fakt, iż zmiana jest możliwa   PETTYBONE mocno wierzą, że  inny świat jest możliwy". Tak więc poszukiwanie szans dla uciśnionych i rozbudzanie społeczniej wrażliwości to główne przesłanie jakie
generuje zespół. 10 zadziornych metaliczno-hardcore owych utworów z kilkoma odniesianiami do stylu lat 90 nie unikających namiętnych melodii robi dobre wrażenie. W graniu PETTYBONE można doszukać się brzmieńia takich kapel jak HARUM SCARUM, BIKINI KILL, BORN AGAINST, NAUSEA czy HELLOBASTARD. W tej ostatniej również śpiewa Amy. PETTYBONE zaskakuje wysokim dopracowaniem technicznym. Każdy element ich gry trzyma poziom, którego wielu panów (gdyby mieli odwagę się do tego przyznać) mogłoby im
pozazdrościć. Krótki, soczysto   wrzaskliwy a kiedy trzeba liryczno   melodyjny debiut. Interesująca surowa okładka płyty to dodatkowy przyciągacz. Zarówno zespół jak i ich krążek zdecydowanie warte głębszego zainteresowania."


(j.Ap, grudzień 2011)

 

 

That's Not Skanking:


 "Pettybone - From Desperate Times Comes Radical Minds The observant amongst you will remember that I was a big fan of Pettybone?s three track EP, which I reviewed last issue. Well this is even better. Combining brutal hardcore punk and raw, aggressive grunge, their sound is full on and original. Imagine a very, very angry Bikini Kill. They?ve played with the likes of Converge and Off and are building a fine reputation for their live show, which I need to check out soon. Amy Bajeski mixes up the vocals with aggressive hardcore bursts and more melodic parts. Lianna Davies?s driving bass parts are also a real strength of the sound. Interesting guitar parts and hard hitting drums complete the overall sound very effectively. The order of the album is clearly very well thought out, with some of the slower grunge/stoner tracks such as ?Northern Line? preceding and building up to the more hardcore outbursts such as the title track, adding to the impact of the songs. It?s in the hardcore blasts such as ?Le Regard? and ?C.O.W? that I?m most excited by the band, but this is a very good album to listen to a whole entity. Pettybone are a band with lots to say and who are one of the most exciting new hardcore bands in the UK at the moment."


(Andy, "That's Not Skanking TNS" zine, UK, September 2011)