Imaginary Layer On Skeletons Reviews

From: The Scissor Girls
To: The Imaginary Layer On Skeletons

from Ted E. Gray's Review of Chicago Bands
found on the Drag King website


Punk rock rules! I love it. What can I say? My friends know this,
so when the Scissor Girls appeared on the scene a few years ago they
all told me to rush out and see them. "They sound just like the early
Fall. You have to check them out." Well being the lazy slacker I am I
didn't end up seeing them until my band opened for them a year ago at
the Hot House. As soon as I saw them live I was hooked. Their sound
wasn't so much like the Fall to me but more like early Slits or early
PiL. They were punk in the '76 style, not the later formulized punk
sound of '78/'79. They played a cover of "Midget Submarine" by the
Swell Maps. I thought they were cool. The drummer kept a steady
pounding simple beat. The guitar player played crunching rhythm with
sparse leads. She had tubes up her nose. Someone told me she has some
weird asthma/lung condition. It looked cool! Azita, the bass player,
had bright pink hair, and pounded out her bass lines on a Rickenbacher
while screaming/snearing her lyrics in a detached way.

The Scissor Girls LP came out a few months ago. I was impressed from
the moment I bought it. It looks great. There was a big poster inside
and the vinyl was a nice grey marble color. I was wondering how it
would sound compared to their live shows. Well to my suprise it sounds
even better. Azita's vocals have more of a Mark E. Smith influence
with the distorted talking through a telephone type effect on them.
They also remind my of... gasp!!! Johnny Rotton! Listen to the way she
snears at the end of "EvrxbdxLvsaGdMxstrx". The playing is crisper and
tighter and yet keeps a very live feel throughout. A lot of it sounds
as if it was recorded live in the studio. The instrumentation is more
complex also. With the studio at their disposal they were able to
include keyboards on several cuts, and trumpet on "Parasitic 2". The
lyrics are retro also. "I'm institutionalized!!!" and "Our lives are
never going to be the same again!". Perhaps I shouldn't hype the retro
aspects of their music so as to make it sound dated. Go out and buy
the Scissor Girls record. The world needs more punk rock.
Their sound is authentic and pure.




from SKAM, issue #2, December 1994
written by Jamie Schweser


More artful excitement from Chicago's punk-jazz noise kettle.
Amazing abrasive rhythms and a dischordant, no-wavey guitar
scratching out repititions that edge into your nerves and
drive you twitchy dance mad. The singer has the most dry,
sneering rant you've ever heard come out of a girl. Wear a
mask, bear your teeth. Blueprint for cutting up the city
included.




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