“Black Haze”

By Dr. Abner Mality

These knives may be tiny but they stab pretty deep! This 3 piece all-girl guerilla group from Portland is the punkiest thing I’ve heard in a while. Well, not quite as punky as Classhole but nothing is as punky as Classhole. Suffice to say, this is one mean and ornery piece of plastic.

The girls look like they mean business on the cover. No evening gowns or form-fitting leather bustiers for this bunch. Which fits their raw and rough sound to a T. They mix a sludgy buzzsaw kind of punk with a syrupy grunge sound very reminiscent of the earliest Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden. Very Pacific Northwest-ish.   “Dark History” starts slow and surly and then things take a turn for the vicious with “Past Tense”. Just listen to the foul-mouthed venom issuing from the lips of Jai Milx. This is true punk. But with “Silk in the Water” and “Lights In the Sky”, there’s  a more melodic side to their attack…still ominous but melodic. And they have some more complex brutality on “Cowschwitz” and “Winter”.

“Black Haze” races by pretty quickly in hardcore fashion, but has just enough experimentation to reach beyond mere riot grrl status. A very potent and interesting band here.