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Lesbians on Ecstasy
We Know You Know

Rating: 8/10 ?

May 3, 2007
There's something very charming about hearing 1970's-influenced protest chants mixed with a modern hybrid of hard electronica and punk. If the band then decides to call the tune "The Cold Touch of Leather" it's even better, and if the band call themselves Lesbians on Ecstasy it's unbeatable. There are a number of such fine, suggestively titled tracks on We Know You Know, the band's third album for Alien8.

Going back to the sound, I can't help to think of Peaches and Le Tigre when I listen to LoE, which is short for Lesbians on Ecstasy, which you undoubtedly already figured that out because, face it, your mom was right - you are clever. The catch is that LoE are more punk than Peaches, and more electronica than Le Tigre, which makes for a very up-tempo collection of songs brimming with distorted vocals, metal riffs, and at times adorably cute little electronic sounds.

We Know You Know's songs are infused with feminist lyrics, and it's hard not to think about female protest songs from the 70's when you hear them. If you were a little boy in Sweden in the 70's (popularly known as "DDR-Sweden") you heard them every day - songs with lyrics roughly translating "Ladies, oooh ladies, we have to raise our voices to be heard" - and looking back on that now, I can definitely see the Lezzies on X giving that sound a well deserved make-over. If only they spoke Swedish! LoE's updated version would consist of more screaming, more distorted electronic sounds, and louder guitars than the original; such is the nature of the band. LoE take the sound of very traditional feminist songs, and twist it so it's barely recognizable, almost drowning in a sea of noise.

"We Won't Give It Back" is the title of my personal favorite track, and with it's industrial beats, electronic madness and beyond punk attitude it's Lesbians on Ecstasy in a nutshell. I have to admit, I can't really understand all the lyrics, because the vocals are so incredibly distorted, and the singing tend at times to be more of the screaming kind, but I'm sure it has a message.

This album is a self-produced effort, and LoE should be proud of their work, as they have crafted a very high quality rocker. In my opinion, We Know You Know is a party album; sure you can listen to it at other times too, picking through the lyrics for meaning, but drop this album in the mix at your next party and the chant-laden tracks will indeed get things started.

Also, a band that thanks The Knife and Laibach can't be that bad.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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