I find myself laughing at articles on Ultimate Guitar that say that metal-heads are tolerant and accepting. I can't count the number of times I've heard metal-fans say ignorant statements like "get your ass back in the kitchen, b*tch" or something else of the sort.Well, here's a band that will kick YOUR ass into the kitchen while they rock the house down! With all the intensity and, dare I say, balls of Motorhead, the all-female metal band Girlschool
is another over-looked and under-rated act from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal
. These ladies hail from a time before "gothic metal" and "symphonic metal", dominated by operatic prima donnas like Tarja
Turunen or Simone Simons. They come from the old days, when women had to fight for their right to rock. If any band has ever earned the right to rock, it is Girlschool
. Thirty-something years and they're still going (not to mention still rather good-looking for being old enough to be your grandmother!) is something to mention! They've been through the hard times and the good times, and have faced the pain of loss, and they're still around, rocking the world!
Hit and Run
is the first album of theirs I heard, and unless I hear another that is better, it has got to be their best work yet! From the very get-go, Denise Dufort's kick-ass drumming gets you ready for "C'Mon Let's Go
". My favorites are the opening track, "Kick
", their version of ZZ Top
's "Tush" (whose tush are they looking for, I must ask?) and the ballsy "Yeah Right
".Whoever is playing lead guitar is one bad-ass shredder. Not once do I find myself bored or unsatisfied with the soloing I hear. As for the singing, done by guitarists Kim McAuliffe, Kelly Johnson and bassist Enid
Williams, it's got that kind of growl, akin to classic girl rock like The Runaways
or Joan Jett; though, undoubtedly, these ladies are heavily influenced by Motorhead. The rest of the tracks range between the meaningful, anti-conformist "Following the Crowd", the non-emotional heartbreak of the title track, or the spaced-out next century "Future Flash" (complete with a creepy back-masked track, featuring the ladies chanting like those damn Siamese-cats from Lady
and the Tramp). One would be hard-pressed to find a bad track on this album.Definitely get this album, or listen to it any way that you can! It is one of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal
's under-rated greats, and a big middle finger raised high in the direction of the misogyny of rock and metal. Move over boys, Girlschool
is taking over!