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Album Review

On First Base, Operation Makeout plays crunchy, teen-angst-ridden rock that falls somewhere between the tear-the-house-down punk of Bikini Kill and the pop groove of Unrest. "Buckles and Sneers" benefits from the female/male combo vocals of guitarist Katie and bassist Jesse. "Haircut" has the stop-and-go angular vibe of Gang of Four. But the winner on this album is "Neon Eyes," an off-kilter surf rock tune that evokes the lost-in-this-world statements of Poly Styrene and the X-Ray Spex.


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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