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Album Review

First things first: On Hang Loose, Operation Makeout still sounds a hell of a lot like Sleater-Kinney. But the record nevertheless heralds an advance over their debut EP, First Base, in part because the songs are more taut and memorable this time out, but mostly because Katie's piercing vibrato is countered by bassist Jesse's newly prominent vocal snarl, an interesting boy-girl dynamic which not only alters the band's sound but also sheds new light on the sexual politics at the heart of their lyrical outlook. The original is still the greatest, as Dobie Gray would say, but as Operation Makeout sheds their more overt Sleater-Kinney influences, here's hoping they learn to make the kind of gripping, incendiary music that inspires imitators of their own. Hang Loose is a step in that direction.


Formed: 1999

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Operation: Makeout has been writing and recording their fair share of complex guitar work and angst pop in their native of Vancouver, BC, since May of 1999. With this sound that can be easily placed amongst the likes of the Need, Sleater-Kinney, and the Puta-Pons, the lineup of Katie (guitar/vocals), Jesse (bass/vocals), and Anna (drums) self-released their self-titled first album in the summer of 2000. First Base followed the next year, offering a short taste of...
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