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Spinnerette

Spinnerette: Ghetto LoveGhetto Love (2008)
Anthem

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It's been a while since Brody Dalle disappeared off the proverbial map. Since the 2003 release of Coral Fang from her former band, the Distillers, Dalle's life has dramatically changed. Now a mother and a divorcee, Spinnerette is a new path for the former Mrs. Armstrong, in both a creative and a lit.


It's been a while since Brody Dalle disappeared off the proverbial map. Since the 2003 release of Coral Fang from her former band, the Distillers, Dalle's life has dramatically changed. Now a mother and a divorcee, Spinnerette is a new path for the former Mrs. Armstrong, in both a creative and a literal sense.

The Ghetto Love EP is short and sweet -- four songs of a dark, electro-infused, guitar-layered punk rock mashup that varies from song to song in its atmosphere and mood. The opening title track exudes a dirty party vibe, and it could be easily imagined as the soundtrack to an evening of excess spent in a crooked backalley basement party somewhere in the deep, dark underbelly of a grim, urban industrial landscape.

'Valium Nights' has the band sounding most like the Distillers, probably due in part to the presence of a non-electronic drumkit; but also, because the structure of the song follows a more traditional guitar-driven melody and without Tony Bevilacqua's Darker My Love-style guitars wailing in the background, the song wouldn't have been at all out of place on Coral Fang.

A shock to the system follows with track number 3, "Distorting the Code," which sees Dalle's vocal raise in tone to near-falsetto. The track is undoubtedly dark, again tinged with electro instrumentation that is minimalist in form (including some nicely placed keys) as Dalle cries out hauntingly "I don't need the answers when I got no place to goâ?¦ How do I find my way back home?"

The familiar and welcoming sound of distorted power chords returns for the finale, "Bury My Heart," and again, while the dregs of the Distillers can be detected in this song, Dalle appears to be charting new ground here, albeit in her own way. Those expecting her to return to the music scene with an album of candid love ballads about her new child and love affair with Josh Homme will be disappointed, as she bleakly drawls "I've been known to waste sanity / I know there's nothing left In silence / I've been known to waste / It's a waste / It's a wave goodbye."

Overall, this EP is solid, interesting and at times almost challenging. Some will undoubtedly hate it, especially those who are acquainted with the earliest Distillers material only. Others, however, will inevitably love it. Dalle is clearly in a transitionary phase and it will be interesting to see the direction that Spinnerette take in the next 12 months, for it seems that in creative terms Dalle is seeking out uncharted waters, emancipated by the chains of her former project which she so clearly felt restrained by.

 

 
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____Win_Win_Situation____ (November 6, 2009)

Coral Fang is great. This EP only had 1 really good song and 1 other that was okay. Not into it and it sucks after it took like 4 years to hear something more from this girl.

reject (February 3, 2009)

I really dont see her music in the way anyone else seems to. Ive been a fan of Brody for a long time but I have always had a deep hatred for Rancid and a new found hatred for QOTSA in recent years. I dont hear a problem. This is not The Distillers. Get over it. The Distillers were NEVER Rancid. Get your fucking ears checked out.

osi (January 8, 2009)

It's good, but it ie really sad to know that brody and what she plays depends 100% on the husband that she's with. Lame.

xote (January 8, 2009)

Sounds interesting.

Ravnos (January 7, 2009)

ghetto love to me is wanking it in an alley behind an abandoned warehouse. i will do that.

Holy_Balls: Making a Mess All Over The City

"Oh, he's gonna rip it off one of these days."

24HourPriapism (January 7, 2009)

gonna go against the current social climate and say "still would." yes, even post-kid. she's a tall drink of water tho.

Cos (January 7, 2009)

The video off this EP is pretty cool. That song and Valium Nights sound better than anything I ever heard off of Coral Fang. Knowing that I'll never hear another "Sing Sing Death House" out of Brody, I'll take it.

blanktapesemptybottles (January 7, 2009)

she's married to Josh Homme now

dowrongright (January 7, 2009)

female scott weiland.
their true talent isn't music, it's convincing people that their plagarism is "important".

Torgo (January 6, 2009)

The song they made that "video" for was just plain awful.

14theroad (January 6, 2009)

She's done a fantastic job of leeching the sound of whoever's boning here.

Rancid > than QOTSA could ever be.

edgelife (January 6, 2009)

Would've
in 2002.
Not anymore.

FrankReich (January 6, 2009)

Isn't Anthem the record label started by Rush?

CCSummers (January 6, 2009)

valium knights is the only good song on this

holy_balls (January 6, 2009)

ghetto love to me is wanking it in an alley behind an abandoned warehouse. i will do that.

the_other_scott (January 6, 2009)

haven't heard this yet.

but

QOTSA > Rancid

Rastid (January 6, 2009)

unimpressed.

Tye (January 6, 2009)

qotsa brody dalle***

maverick (January 6, 2009)

Score's for the title track and "Valium Knights" alone. Those songs are so goddamn good. I was never a Distillers fan, but I'm anxiously awaiting the Spinnerette LP.

-Scott

Tye (January 6, 2009)

spinnerette=qotsa brody dalle
i still think it's great.

she's blatantly fired from punx now. (if not after coral fang)
lolololol

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