November 13, 2014
Frenching the Bully
(C/Z Records, 1992)
They shoulda been a contender. The guitar heroics on display are custom-made for windmill moves, foot on speaker poses and flexing your head so hard you can’t raise it for a week. Mia Zapata’s vocal actually jolted me first time; there’s so much going on in that voice. Sure, she’s mastered the Babes/Hole yell, sure I expected the Riot Grrl hollers, but marry in the countrified quivering, or the C60 pop sheen and I think I’d put my head on a block and claim she’s the most accomplished female vocalist in early Nineties Seattle. They deserve more than victim/footnote-status to a sickening tale of misogynist violence — the Gits are worth major rediscovery.
Nick Soulsby is the man behind the Nirvana Legacy blog.