07 August 2012

PORK Strip 1994


by Nitsuh Abebe
Pork is yet another entry into the long line of garagey Southern punk-rock bands composed of women; on Strip, the Austin group tears through thrashy rock tunes inspired by the Stooges and the Ramones, and typically winds up sounding like a sped-up version of the Go-Go's covering the Cramps. Add to these references a late-'90s attitude toward hyperbolically exaggerated garage sounds, and the sound of Strip is pretty clear. Unfortunately, the band doesn't do anything particularly special with this already limited genre -- those looking for truly primal rock would be better served by Japan's heavy psych/garage scene, and those looking for the pop end of this sound would be better served by bands like the Rondelles.