The Dishes

The Dishes

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Chicago may have cleaned itself up in recent years, but the Dishes remember a time when the city was known for dirty blues and hard rock rather than skyscrapers and Starbucks. They may look young, but the Dishes have years of experience behind them (or at least their songs may lead one to think so.) Their rough and ragged electric sound on their self-titled debut follows a long line of American rockers. Call it punk, garage, riot grrrl -- call it what you want. It's loud, tough, and sexy, and it's delivered with as much boldness and self-confidence as it is thought. Instant comparisons can be drawn to the Donnas and L7, but the Dishes' obvious affinity for Pink Flag-era Wire (best illustrated on "Ohio") and the New York underground lead one to believe that they are much smarter than the average garage rocking band. Most refreshingly, they can really play. Their skillful guitar work and unpredictable changes in a genre renowned for its static songwriting puts them far ahead of the crowd. Regardless, the intensity that comes out of them on tracks like "Burnin' Up" and the Cramps-like "French Kissing" recall a time where energy overruled talent anyway. It's not chick rock. It's rock. Period. Good fun had hard and fast.

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