bands from Southern California take a side each of this LP. Both bands produce joyous
music that bops and rocks just right. The Sarcastic Bitch play in several different moods;
a couple tracks are quieter with mellow singing, a couple are upbeat and jumpy, and a
couple flat out rock it. The three members shift drum, guitar, bass and vocal duties from
song to song, adding to the diversity of the sound. Two very distinct guitar sounds are
employed, one is a ragged crunching distorted sound, the other has a lot of echo. Lyrics
mostly delve into the sad or angry side of relationships.
The Makeshift Conspiracy have a tight swaggering groove built around driving bass lines.
The guitar sounds shift from a clean strum to warm distorted zooming, while the drummer
plays spare and efficient rhythms; of particular interest is the full range of vocals
employed. From track to track you get a fierce throaty growl, a good dose of sing-song,
and one or two tracks of layered vocals that really soar. Makeshift Conspiracy have mostly
introspective lyrics that question their world and their place in it. Good Stuff. Reviewed
by Steve Snyder. -HeatattaCk #19
from 100% issue 6
"you know when you get some birthday presents that are truly shit, but some are like
the best thing ever? well this cd was one of the good ones. as soon as you put this on, it
fukin affects you. 2 girl band from the us on one cd who play you tunes that run through
yr body ripping out yr internal organs. i'd never heard of either band but you'll
recognize other bands' influences...'library dance' has the urgency of a driving tune with
the most caustic vocals in the chorus you'll hear, and the fuked up structures on
'racecar' will make any band of the same genre very jealous! the sarcastic bitch are a bit
more melancholy. they skip between the very k sounding tracks like 'raspberrie' and
'getting over it' and the raw, young early riot grrrl-sounding 'sell out & get away'.
basically both bands and this cd are fukin excellent, and as paroxysm say, it's the cd
that kill rock stars were scared to put out - and rightly too, it's that good."
|from Music Dish magazine:
Sarcastic Bitch is another good all-gal band, equally kick-ass but a little more melodic
than The Makeshift conspiracy. Where the first band does a lot of cathartic screaming,
this one tries to be a little prettier sounding, albeit in a lo-fi and highly
experimental-within-the-genre way. (Holly Day)
from MOLE magazine #12
"Let's cut right to the chase: MC is a big raw slab of riot grrl genius in the
Adickdid/Bikini Kill/early Scrawl skool, complete with dense wall of distorted sound,
amazing primal melodic knocks & a piercing shreik that let's you know you've been
rocked. SB side's just as good, blowing up beautiful pop stuff like "Raspberrie"
with insane screaming interludes & covering broader sonic territory. Both sides: I
love these feministo lyrics. 100 Cali boy bands don't have the rock these grrl trio's got.
Kill Rock Stars shoulda been all over them. Thank god for records like this"
Willamette Weekly 7/98
Kim Deal was never a riot grrrl ( too rich n creamy for that) but a lot of post-grrrl
bands seem to slip some Pixies dust into the standard angry recipe, smoothing out the
harsh edges with shiny pop polish. Fit the Makeshift Conspiracy into this growing group of
feisty-yet-fun femme rockers. For the most part Sarcastic Bitch coos contentedly, but it's
also likely to start shrieking and arch a fuzzy backbone of bass and guitar. ( JG)
from Beikoku-Ongaku magazine:
South California-based Teenager bands' comp LP. So tight and energetic. So, I
can't understand what they sing in English, but can feel everything perfectly. (Yayoi)
Bringing forth two riot girl (sic)
acts on one disc, Spazm Records (sic) unleashes an explosive seventeen song disc that
slides in under thirty-five minutes. The music is loud, and full of dirt, while the lyrics
are pure angst.
Then there is the second of the two bands on this disc, The Sarcastic Bitch,
also a three-piece, all-girl band from California. Maintaining the anger and spite that
began the music, they also seem to be able to mix in some pop hooks. Not always on the
prowl with fists full of loud guitars, sometimes they tone down the music and softly
spread their message. But when they do whip out the fuzz and pile-driving guitars, they go
all out. Screaming in your ears are very thick chords, almost stiff enough to break
through concrete. Still focusing on the dirt that follows many relationships, they do take
some time to piss on the bands' they've come across who've 'sold out'. By: Alex