Album Review

Lovely Little Girls – “Cleaning The Filth From a Delicate Frame” – [Skin Graft Records]

Thurston Hunger   6/19/2014   A Library, CD

2012 release, campy trampy with enough Zappa juice and other
visceral fluids to leave “discreet stains on office furniture”
or have your “genitals slathered in mayonnaise”. Yep both siphoned
from the lyrics here. There’s a pretty amazing band working behind
the primary Girly boys Gregory Jacobsen and Alex Perkolup. Both
Jacobsen and Perkolup sing in that histrionic stage-y fashion (hey
I’m a fan of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum). Some of the music recalled
precision odd-ball Japanese projects (Koenjihyakkei!) but Lovely
Little Girls kicks a little brass as well, Mike Hagedorn on trombone
and Cory Bengtsen on sax. Hyperventilating keys from Jon Beavo.
Maybe their secret sauce is getting an actual female to be one
of the Girls, Carmen Armillas helps take a Beavis edge off the
Butthead lyrics. (Cheer-Accident fans note there are other links
here.) Those (cartoon salesman) vocals might be an acquired taste,
but I think they work pretty well. C’mon the alien cat mewing to
start “Undulate” and then the elastic chorus before (Jacobsen)
approaches the mic wearing just a trenchcoat. The lyrics really
hit (slap?) bottom on “I’m So Good Looking” other tracks will
work in limited radio doses. Feel like LLG went for the funny
boner when they could have hit the jugular. Face paint not

-Thurston Hunger

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