PETER WILLIAMS MUSIC IN THE MADNESS KSFR 90.7FM -- SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
2003 STRAP-ONS: $4 WHORE (Naked Jain Records). The STRAP-ONS are from NorFUCK, VAGINIA. It's not only the last place you'd expect to have a killer punk scene, but apparently it's got killer punk bands, too. The STRAP-ONS not only have BALLS and BRAINS, but they also have BRILLIANCE. The song "Johnny Jihad" - even though it seems to be treading too lightly around the subject matter - is good post-911 apolitical teenage fun, that won't get them into any trouble. The title song is hilarious, as is GLAD BAGGY. "REPLACE ME" is also a great song, and MISSY and KATE prove that pissed-off girls are one of the unheralded foundations of punk! STRAP- ONS is the band you wish Jenna and Barbara Bush were in.
And the musicianship? Come on...it's punk, and punk is supposed to suck. Punk that doesn't suck is called pop music. At a time when Mariah Carey is doing Def Leppard covers, the Strap-Ons are a fresh breath of sweaty, smelly, stinky (fishy) air. The Strap-Ons are not afraid to suck out loud! PW