Basic Bitches: ‘My Body, My Choice/White Bread President’

basicbitches1Review by Jenny Bunn

Basic Bitches: My Body, My Choice/White Bread President (single)September 2017, What’s for Breakfast records

When I listen to a new band for a first time, I’ve secretly got my fingers crossed that I’m going to get the same feeling I got when I heard The Distillers or The Gits for the first time. Sing as gritty as you can without sounding like you’re play-growling at your dog and you’ve got a new fan in me.

So when I first heard guitarist/vocalist Naomi Scott’s opening line of ‘My Body, My Choice’: “I love my body, but it hates me”, I was instantly hooked on her raw vocals. Lyrically it’s blunt and straight to the point, and as far as topical goes, the song hits the nail on the head. Coupled with driving guitars and pounding drums, the mood is pretty clear: Basic Bitches – contrary to what you’d expect from their name – are not messing around.

‘My Body, My Choice’ is the first half of the New York band’s latest release (a very recent September 14th) – I won’t hesitate to mention that all profit that the band makes off the record goes straight to Planned Parenthood. Catchy AND caring? I like that.

basicbitches2The other half of Basic Bitches’ latest (‘White Bread President’) takes an equally as politically relevant standpoint. What better stimuli for punk rock music than a no-good, orange-faced, lying, scumbag authoritarian figure? Equally as punky as the first, the second track is more of a story – the ever so real progression of watching a certain president fall foul of his promises and show his true colours. The beautifully tongue in cheek line “he’s going to make things great” is spat with so much venom, it’s probably my favourite part of the entire song. I don’t need to name names, you know who this is about. Musically, it’s more dynamic than the previous track, with highs, lows and just enough cowbell to keep you satisfied. The song ends with a roaring refrain of “fuck your white bread president” – let’s just hope he hears it.
Even with just two songs, Basic Bitches have caught me. The music isn’t complex – but why would it need to be anything else when the lyrics are so frank and upfront? The band has things to say and they’re saying them in the purest and most impactful way they can. Check it out on Bandcamp, or order yourself one of their cassettes released on What’s For Breakfast records and play it old-school on a tape recorder. Now if you’d like to come on over to the UK guys, you’d be getting a nice warm welcome from me, that’s for sure.


 

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