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Album Review

The second U.S. release by Japanese girl-punk quartet Gitogito Hustler is slightly cleaner sounding than 2005's gloriously grungy Gitogito Galore, but only slightly. Neither as endearingly naïve as original Japanese all-female punk bands like Shonen Knife or the's, nor as slickly commercial as their glossy contemporaries Puffy AmiYumi, Gitogito Hustler stick mostly to the punk side of the pop-punk equation: tempos are breakneck throughout, even on relatively romantic fare like the title track and "Maybe Love," and ramped-up, distorted guitars are the order of the day. However, singer Yago's voice is a sweet pop instrument even when she's yelling at the top of her lungs, and even the most rocking songs here are based on ultra-catchy riffs. Exhilarating in a way that more contrived and chart-bound acts like Simple Plan could never manage, Love and Roll belongs next to any Queers, Descendents, or Screeching Weasel album.


Formed: 1995 in Kyoto, Japan

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

The all-girl Japanese pop-punk act Gitogito Hustler formed in 1995 in Kyoto, Japan. Later relocating to Tokyo, the group comprised Mitsuko (guitar), Tae (bass), and sisters Yago (vocals/guitar) and Fusa (drums). Starting up their own label in April 2002 called Candy Poison, they released the EP in May 2003 and played a slot at October's CMJ Festival in New York. Their full-length, Happy Today, appeared the next month. Tour dates continued into the next year, both in Japan and around...
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