Hard Nips - Hard Nips
Four songs, four Japanese girls living in NYC, two chords: what more do you need? Hard Nips keep it short and sleazy, backing up the hype now kicking into gear around them. This is fun, naughty lo-fi melodic-sludge for the hip who will only be around for a bit and for the folks who will be staying put to see what comes next from the band.
The gorilla-riffage of "Alligator" kicks things off with the band in full rocking glory. "Release It" is a slower than Vanilla Fudge pop song, with one crunchy riff repeated ad infinitum while singer Yoko leads the band through a love lost-sex found tale of woe. The other two songs, "Sun Stroke" and "Picture" are a bit too New Wave glossy to really work, though it didn't work for Television either, so that is not a mark against the band.
Hard Nips have obviously set themselves up for caricature and dismissal. But once you get past the ha-ha of the joke, the pun and the pose, there is a real band under there.
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