the puta-pons

Return to Zero

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The first full-length album put out by Chicago's the Puta-pons is a punchy, energetic affair of punky indie rock. Perhaps portended by a cover photograph of x-rayed feminine underthings, they offer a sexy, playful friskiness -- see the chorus of "Void," singing about "just [wanting] to get laid." The first two tracks lay a blue-print for how songs on the rest of the album are going be delivered. The first is just great punk rock, while the second has a more angular, artier/new wavey sound. Most of the vocals are done by guitarist Shelly Kurzynski Villasenor, who handles most of the main vocal line with her relatively deeper-and-more-controlled voice, while bassist Rebecca Crawford offers a contrasting, hyperactive yelping -- a higher register moving in and out of time with Villasenor. The solos offered up are relatively simplistic, but are quite effective and work well in the music. While the two female singers and indie rock sound will suggest a connection to Sleater-Kinney to some, the Puta-pons more than ably hold their own. Nrrrd rocker Douglas Ronald Meis backs them up on the skins, offering either the frenetic high-speed drumming, or a slowing pounding for some of the weirder tracks. Return to Zero makes for fine and interesting listening; it's an album that tells its listeners, "get up get out let's punk rock tonight." Find them at www.theputa-pons.com.

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