BRATAKUS - 'Gigantopithecus' CD review
So yeah, BRATAKUS have finally dropped their debut EP / three-track demo, and, as expected, it's awesome. For those that missed our interview with them in the last issue, they're a two-piece of sisters from up in Scotland who play riot-grrrl punk with influences like BIKINI KILL and THE DISTILLERS, with even a bit of an old-school MINOR THREAT vibe in the vocals and lo-fi production. The lyrics are actually really cool for such a young band; they're pretty angsty, with vegan and feminist subject matter, and it's so fast vocally, I have no idea how Breagha fits some of these lines in! The vocal harmonies work well, the bass and guitar riffs and progressions are really catchy, the drum machine programming sounds cool, and the whole EP is fast (the first song lasts about 70 seconds), energetic, and a really fun listen. There are some SIMPSONS quotes (I think) between songs which made me chuckle, and the very DIY packaging / artwork is class, especially the collaging of random newspaper and magazine headlines. An awesome little release from a band that are doing punk-rock how it should be done, and that hints at ace things to come. Go and check out 'I Know Nothing' on Youtube for something to go on. Nice one!