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Sub Pop
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3
File-13 Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This CD takes me back to a time when I first ventured onto the Internet, looking for kindred spirits. I frequented the Chainsaw Records message board, trading mixes of Cocteau Twins and Breeders outtakes for tapes of Bikini Kill and Huggy Bear. Even then, it wasn't my type of music (or mine theirs), but I cherished the handwritten notes covered in glitter and profanity and knew that a connection had been made.

The Dishes put the extra Rrrs back in Grrl with their brash, no-nonsense punk rawk. Their music is as instigative and anthemic as its ilk in the early 90s, and their rants are worth raving over. Not only do they have a sense of fun (complementing the urge to be taken seriously, which they definitely deserve), but there's melody and punch beneath their sound. They may not stray too far from the garage movement with their chugging interplay, but their passion and grit are satisfying.

"I'm a Man" sounds like vintage Red Aunts, raucous and unchained. Snarling and stalled, it's bluesy without getting bogged down. Their energy never wanes from one track to the next, like many of those they seek to honor. Iggy Pop rarely sounds as good coming from another mouth.

"Hole In Your Head" shows the importance of the band's style. Despite any anger bubbling under the album's surface, on the whole, 3 is celebratory. There's true joy found in freedom from oppression, and they revel in it every chance they get. As a result, the optimism that was sometimes lacking in the music of their foremothers is very refreshing.

"Hot Wired" speeds things up in a catchy, Joan Jett inspired number. Their liveliness expressed in shout-alongs and effortless squeals, they could play the same three chords of every self-taught punk great and still sound fresh. An album that sounds as vibrant as it is eulogizing is quite an accomplishment. This should take the rest of its audience back to other eras as well, all the while looking forward to what the Dishes have in store.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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