The Haggard

No Future

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The Haggard isn't exactly the type of band that many listeners would expect from sts, the drummer of Cadallaca and the now-defunct Lookers. In fact, the Portland, OR-based duo is nothing like sts' other projects. Whereas those acts look to '60s girl group harmonies and folk-pop, respectively, for their singalong songs, the Haggard -- drummer sts and guitarist Emily B. Kingan -- turns to the other end of the musical spectrum: death metal and hardcore. On its second full-length album, No Future, the two-piece plays with the same bat-out-of-hell ferocity exhibited on 2000's fast 'n' furious A Bike City Called Greasy. And while it's refreshing to hear women play a type of music so often associated with men and misogyny, perhaps the Haggard's punked-up feminist and queer-positive messages might be more effective if the growl-shouted vocals were easier to understand.

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