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Les Hell On Heels

Les Hell On Heels: Les Hell On HeelsLes Hell On Heels (2004)
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Les Hell On Heels are a four-piece punk rock outfit out of Phoenix Arizona, featuring vocalist / guitarist Paula Monarch and bassist Chela LaRue of garage punks The Peeps (who, among other things, released a well received LP on Sympathy For The Record Industry back in 2000). Joining them is Tempe T.
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Les Hell On Heels are a four-piece punk rock outfit out of Phoenix Arizona, featuring vocalist / guitarist Paula Monarch and bassist Chela LaRue of garage punks The Peeps (who, among other things, released a well received LP on Sympathy For The Record Industry back in 2000). Joining them is Tempe Tramps alumni Katie Rose on guitar and drummer Kristin Machynski (although after this recording Machynski left the band to be replaced by Jessica Roe). The band's self-titled debut is a rollicking half hour of well-written and energetically played punk'n'roll. This record has strong enough roots to please the rock historians among us but just the right combination of pop melodies to could carry it much further than that.

Hell On Heels are the protégés of sorts of Jeff Dahl, who recorded both The Peeps and Tempe Tramps in the past. Dahl not only has a writing credit on the 60s styled "Ain't So Cool," but was instrumental in hooking the band up with Bomp Records' founder Greg Shaw. The independent music legend commented to the New Times that he was "looking around for a few really special bands to get the new millennium going with," and that Hell On Heels fit the bill. Shaw's passion in talking about the band is infectious and knowing the details of the late label head's ambitions for them is bittersweet. However, after a few spins of Hell On Heels' debut their potential is obvious and it's clear why he was so excited to help foster their career. Shaw certainly roped in the right producer for the job with the choice of Jack Endino, known for his work with Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden and The Black Halos to name a few. Endino's efforts behind the boards have resulted in a suitably raw but decidedly modern feel. This has far less retro production values than much of Bomp's garage revival catalogue.

There's a definite Shangri-Las vibe at play here, particularly in the harmonies on songs like "Ain't So Cool" or the title track, but Paula Monarch's vocals are far snottier than Mary Weiss ever was. She's clearly inherited that defiant snarl from the late 70s punk scene in NYC. It's not too much of a surprise then that reviewers are dusting off names like Nikki & The Corvettes, The Runaways and Joan Jett before anything more contemporary. The resulting sound is a nice mix of punk rock attitude, swaggering garage-pop and classic but not consciously retro girl-group harmonies.

Les Hell On Heels is just a rocking good time. It's an all too short debut by a promising young band, but the definite beginning of something good.

 

 
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jimmy6 (April 23, 2014)

hey paula!hey chela!
jimmy 6 here.

just wanted to say that you girls were the hardest working punks in the scene back in the day.
sure fucking miss those shows and the crazy kids that were crawling in n out o them
you gals FUCKING RULE!
jimmy 6 xox

wearestillalive (February 18, 2007)

this band is srsly hot. sexism!

Anonymous (June 3, 2006)

Way to go, Katie! Do you ever visit the yahoo group devoted to you?

Anonymous (May 25, 2006)

hilarious...

Anonymous (April 26, 2006)

Hey! This is Katie Rose! Thanks for your comments about my porn. I know who wrote that and you are entirely over weight. That's okay! I'm not judging fat people! I have already toured more of the world before the age of 22 than you will your entire life...fatty. So quit being upset that you will never have a chance with me...be thankful I did you a favor. Keep up the masturbating to my porn...it makes me smile to give the sexually deprived men a chance to see an amazing female. Pump on sir!
xoxo
Katie Rose
Les Hell on Heels

Anonymous (September 26, 2005)

It is God's honest truth that Katie Rose IS A PORN STAR. Go to ftvgirls.com and you can see her as "Rose" right there on the home page. Someone should do a news story on this. Way to go Katie, for making the worst choice of your entire life. When everyone finds out about this your musical career aspirations will go straight down the toilet. .

Anonymous (January 9, 2005)

1998

Anonymous (January 7, 2005)

katie rose is a porn star. You should see her anal interracial gangbang.

Anonymous (January 2, 2005)

blah

Anonymous (December 13, 2004)

score is for not telling how you first heard of these girls or how much you loved emo in junior high.

Anonymous (December 12, 2004)

This is what the Donnas should look like.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

adam - it's for skratch...should be out in the next week, i think, and on-line too. i'll send you a link when
-J

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

phoenix sucks, maybe these girls can make it a little better

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

weird, this band is from phoenix? never heard of them on any bills.

adam (December 11, 2004)

Is your review online Janelle? I'd love to read it.

-adam

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

i reviewed this record elsewhere...totally diggin it. tough as - um, well - hell
-Janelle

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

shotgun the one on the right

-Chris-

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

wow. i shall check out this band and i shall like them just because of the elvira chick.

Anonymous (December 10, 2004)

remember when motley crue came back with that album new tattoo and the single was "hell on high heels"? yeah. this score is for that,

Anonymous (December 10, 2004)

I'd tap that.

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