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Album Review

For its second and final full-length, Excuse 17 recorded a glorious punk rock racket far more polished and catchier than the band's promising, self-titled debut. Nearly every track here simmers with an overwhelming sense of urgency, and from the opening whiplash crash of "5 Acres" to the more subtly moving "She Wants 3-D," it's an album full of violently emotional catharsis (check out the startling centerpieces "This Is Not Your Wedding Song" and "The Drop Dead Look"). Often mesmerizing in the chaotic call and response between vocalists Carrie Brownstein and Becca Albee — a rudimentary version of Brownstein's vocal interplay with Corin Tucker in Sleater-Kinney during the years to come — Such Friends Are Dangerous is a swan song that only hints at what could've followed. Of course, as many fans of the Pacific Northwest scene know, what would follow for guitarist Brownstein is the wildly successful and talented Sleater-Kinney trio.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Inspired by the emergence of the riot-grrrl movement spearheaded by bands like Bikini Kill, Bratmobile and Heavens to Betsy, singers/guitarists Carrie Brownstein and Becca Albee teamed with drummer CJ Phillips to form the Olympia, WA-based Excuse 17 in 1993. A series of compilation appearances preceded the trio's 1995 Kill Rock Stars debut Such Friends Are Dangerous; a self-titled effort for Chainsaw followed later that year, but in the wake of a split single...
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