Formed in Washington, D.C., in 2003, Partyline are singer Allison Wolfe, guitarist Angela Melksethian, and drummer Crystal Bradley. Though very much a political band -- all six of the songs on its self-titled 2005 Retard Disco debut EP chronicle social injustice and discontent through a girls-with-glasses eye view -- what's best about the band is its commitment to carrying on the fast and furious tradition of classic punk. Though it's leavened with a dose of riot grrrl snarliness (sample lyric: "I don't wanna marry/I don't wanna have your brats/Yeah I had a mother/She taught me to want more than that"), a BS-busting Ramones-era sensibility seeps through; these girls came together not just to revolutionize, but to rock. Bands in Partyline's past include Bratmobile (Wolfe), Hott Beat (Melksethian), and the Applicators (Bradley).
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