1. I Need Drugs
2. A Sick Cult
3. Me & My Blasphemy
4. The DNA Will Have Its Say
5. Don't Hate Me Just 'Cause I Hate You
6. Nazi Rodeo
7. Hot Air Balloons
2005 Three One G
Six minutes is not a whole lot of time. For many bands, that would be a song and a half. For others, it would barely scratch the surface of a musical idea. The musical wrecking ball known as Some Girls has somehow found a way to repeatedly concentrate more insanity into six minutes than most bands could in an hour. I suppose you could chalk it up to the collective experience of its rather diverse members. Justin Pearson, Wes Eisold and Rob Moran (former and current members of The Locust, American Nightmare, Over My Dead Body, Unbroken, just to name a few) are joined by Chuck Rowell and Sal Gallegos on this, their first recording since the release of the compilation All My Friends Are Going Death. Six minutes is enough time for Some Girls to blast out seven songs and fit in a guest appearance from The Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O.
Some Girls' brand of chaotic hardcore invokes Pearson's own history with groups like The Locust and the Crimson Curse as well as calling to mind punk icons like Charles Bronson and Spazz. Eisold's trademark scream makes their material immediately recognizable. The group has always felt like more of an outlet for the members' excess energy than their creativity and The DNA Will Have Its Say is no exception. While Pearson's material with The Locust becomes increasingly musically adventurous, Some Girls are as straightforward as it gets. Where Eisold's AN-era lyrics had a wildly emotional poetic flair, most of the lyrics on this particular release seem like a mish-mash of half-baked ideas, surprisingly capable of seeming cohesive. Moran's time in Over My Dead Body definitely seems to have burned him out on prototypical modern "hardcore," as Some Girls have a punk rock aesthetic that's all but gone in the genre. The misfit of this group is definitely The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower's Chuck Rowell who is hopefully learning something from his Some Girls bandmates that he can use to improve his own full-time band. Karen O manages to hold her own in this sexually ambiguous boys' club, contributing uncharacteristically scathing vocals to the disc's title track.
The disc's gloriously bizarre layout of rainbows and dismembered cartoon rabbits is supplemented by an enhanced music video for "I Need Drugs" full of fingerpainting, basic stop motion and guys making out. Some Girls are hell-bent on throwing everyone for a loop in every aspect of their releases and The DNA Will Have Its Say is a startling success in that endeavor.
Bottom Line: Fans of Some Girls' previous material will definitely be happy to hear seven new, brilliantly recorded songs. Naysayers will most likely continue to say "Nay," as they haven't really added anything to their relatively limited repertoire. It's not going to change the world, but I'm certainly glad to add it to my collection.