10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Northampton, Mass.–based Potty Mouth has garnered press at least partly for being an independent all-female quartet named after a 1993 Bratmobile album—but songs as strong and immediate as “The Gap” and “Rusted Shut” should make gender and historical connections irrelevant for anyone who likes melodic indie rock from Mission of Burma to Superchunk. For a band inspired by the Riot Grrrl movement, there isn’t an overtly political tone here; rather, there's a more relatable personal vibe that any lover in turmoil can take to heart. Better yet, there’s a warm, attractive hum to the uncomplicated guitar chords, and whether it’s a modest song like “Black and Studs” or a grand pop tune like “Sleep Talk,” the effects are equally powerful. Singer Abby Weems is an understated vocalist who’s far more effective than her everyday profile might suggest. She doesn’t show off great range, but she has solid control over her territory and, along with lead guitarist Phoebe Harris, creates an admirable wall of sound. Not a bum track to be found.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Northampton, Mass.–based Potty Mouth has garnered press at least partly for being an independent all-female quartet named after a 1993 Bratmobile album—but songs as strong and immediate as “The Gap” and “Rusted Shut” should make gender and historical connections irrelevant for anyone who likes melodic indie rock from Mission of Burma to Superchunk. For a band inspired by the Riot Grrrl movement, there isn’t an overtly political tone here; rather, there's a more relatable personal vibe that any lover in turmoil can take to heart. Better yet, there’s a warm, attractive hum to the uncomplicated guitar chords, and whether it’s a modest song like “Black and Studs” or a grand pop tune like “Sleep Talk,” the effects are equally powerful. Singer Abby Weems is an understated vocalist who’s far more effective than her everyday profile might suggest. She doesn’t show off great range, but she has solid control over her territory and, along with lead guitarist Phoebe Harris, creates an admirable wall of sound. Not a bum track to be found.

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About Potty Mouth

After playing in a few bands, Ally Einbinder set out to form an all-girl punk band, frustrated with some of the limitations and discomforts she felt playing in bands without entirely female membership. Linking up with guitarist/vocalist Abby Weems, drummer Victoria Mandanas, and guitarist Phoebe Harris, bassist Einbinder formed Potty Mouth in mid-2011, a quartet with a sound rooted in moody '90s indie rock, the SST catalog, and some reflections of the spirit of the riot grrrl movement. They took their name from the title of an album by seminal riot grrrl group Bratmobile, though in interviews they denied any overt political agenda. Some members still in their teens, the group played out and recorded frequently, issuing the Sun Damage EP on 12" vinyl in 2012 and working toward the release of their 2013 full-length debut, Hell Bent. ~ Fred Thomas

  • ORIGIN
    North Hampton, MA
  • FORMED
    2011

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