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Boy Kicks Girl
Public Display of Aggression
Icky Girl Productions

Opening with an irate message left on an answering machine by a threatening mother, this DIY local punk trio's latest release proves it has definite staying power. With ultrasnotty vocals and fast-tempo melodies, the band's upbeat, satirical songs come straight out of high school suburbia with references to lockers and sweatshirts. The name's no accident; the band formed at a time when the members had been abandoned by their girlfriends and the name was, well, therapeutic. That's not to say they're completely down on love. "Little Things" boasts some tender moments as LaBounty sings, "Though I know you are asleep/I whisper to your ear/Words that would make you feel/Like the night when we first kissed." Standouts on the disc include "I Still Believe," with its jaunty, '80s pop-influenced beats and surf-rock dalliances, "Time to Forgive," "We Are the Now" and "Karma." (Sarah Quelland)

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From the May 27-June 2, 1999 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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