Potty Mouth – Sun Damage 12” EP review by Caitlin Gwynn
Potty Mouth, straight from Massachusetts, have been Girls Get Busy favourites for quite a while, and judging from their latest 12” EP, it isn’t difficult to see why. The 6 track ‘Sun Damage’ EP is a near perfect example of the recent riot grrl revival. Potty Mouth are 4 ass-kicking ladies, whose speciality is angry songs with relatable lyric and a punk edge that are totally infectious.
Some GGB readers will have already heard ‘Kids’, and will have probably seen the video that accompanies it. ‘Kids’ is a future theme tune for disenfranchised grrls, and is a feisty song about not wanting to grow up. Similarly, EP opener, ‘Hazardville’, the infectious sister track to ‘Kids’, about the frustrating nature of hometowns, is a song that many will instantly relate to, and connect with, and this is where Potty Mouth really shine. It’s obvious from ‘Hazardville’ alone that the subject matter is rooted in the frustrations and annoyances of growing up, the awkward stage between being a teenager, and finally being a responsible adult. The rest of the EP continues in this vein, with songs like ‘Dog Song’, where the protagonist of the song imagines themselves as a subservient dog, and the feminist ‘Girls XL’. The subject matter touches on a lot of different themes, but the lyrics are always backed up by singalong refrains, and strong riffs from the rest of the band.
With their infectious punk and indie hybrid, Potty Mouth are set to be big. They successfully take the feisty-ness of riot grrl, add some massive tunes to it, with an extra shot of emotion to boot. ‘Sun Damage’ as a whole really shows off the formula the band have created, and the EP is a great collection of solid and self-assured songs. The band are touring around the US over the next few months, but fingers crossed we’ll see Potty Mouth visit us in the UK very soon.
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