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Album Review

The Soviettes aren't doing anything that different on their Fat Wreck debut than the irascible Minneapolis fuzz punks did on their two previous records for Adeline. But what the hell is wrong with that? III is another high-tension wire good time, a ballsy spitfire that rolls tall between Sex Pistols vocals, Pacific Northwest swagger, and the vestiges of early new wave, when the after-hours photographs were still in black and white. There are more melodies on III, from "¡Paranoia Cha Cha Cha!" and the modified/accelerated Pat Benatar strut of "Middle of the Night" to "Roller Girls," the rowdy tribute to the Minnesota Roller Girls' roller derby league. And it's the Soviettes' best-performed record yet, with their four-way harmonies piling on top of one another in new and exciting ways. "[Do] the Stagger" is some kind of hyper party jam — the herky-jerky guitar equivalent of a shotgunned can of Grain Belt beer — and the couplets of "Hanging Up the Phone"'s chorus end with great "woah-oh-o"'s. The Soviettes are great at "woah-oh-o"'s. And they prove it, with a minute-and-eleven-seconds of song called. . ."Woah." III's very immediacy hurts it a little — the whizzy keyboard solo on "What Did I Do?!" and "Gotta Decide"'s urgent mid-tempo count as variety points. But you can ignore the record's mild sameness because it's confident, well-played, and full of salacious wit. It's pop-punk built for Twister parties and adult fun, so take your skateboard and go home, junior.

Biography

Formed: 2000 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

The Soviettes formed in the midst of Minneapolis winter in 2000. Without want for last names, Annie (guitar/vocals), Sturgeon (guitar/vocals), Suzy (bass), and Danny (drums) tore into recording, and by 2003 had issued their self-titled debut via Adeline. It was fuzzy, punky, striped, and ballsy, and made an impression in the Twin Cities and beyond. The ingeniously titled II followed in 2004, and featured more bratty one- and two-minute songs with names like "#1 Is Number Two" and "Pass the Flashlight."...
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