No Bass Fidelity

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An all-female punk trio is bound to attract comparisons to the Scissor Girls and the riot grrrl movement. And Motorama displays the required anger (toward Man and a Man-made world) and D.I.Y. attitude, but that's about it. These girls scream to be heard, but their music replicates the clichés of the punk genre. The music is honest and powerful to a certain extent, but there is no experimental edge, nothing to set this trio apart from legions of similar outfits. Recorded live in the studio over three days, No Bass Fidelity captures 12 short and punchy songs (plus a pseudo-experimental coda). Drummer Laura (we're kept to a first-name level) fills up most of the sound spectrum. Her technique betrays a self-taught background, but she chooses her rhythms wisely. Daniela's guitar is noisy, raw, and rather unimaginative. As for singer Elena, she mostly screams her lyrics at the top of her lungs, peppering them with "babys" and "yeahs" in pure rock & roll fashion. Her accent is the only element that gives away the group's Italian nationality. If there is no bass fidelity, it is because there is no bass player! The recording is true to the form and some cuts work out well, especially "Spastic Song," "77," and "Bow-Shaped Lips," but if it can satisfy local punk kids for a while, No Bass Fidelity will have a hard time claiming international appeal.