Necking

What are they putting in the water up in Vancouver this year? First Club Nites by Dumb and now Cut Your Teeth by Necking. I’m sure I’m forgetting some but I don’t recall any Vancouver bands hitting my radar since Japandroids. EIther way, it is nice to see the town kicking out excellent albums this year and I’m sure I’m only scratching the surface with these two.

Like Dumb, the four ladies of Necking – singer Hannah Karren, guitarist Nada Hayek, bassist Sonya R, and drummer Melissa Kuipers – play a brash form of post-punk that combines social commentary with a sharp wit. Their tunes take a feminist bent without beating you over to head and it works really well.

I had my twins in the car when the opening track, Big Mouth came on and let’s just say I got some looks from both of them. I was glad questions didn’t follow. Boss is another winner with the band turning their ire towards the male supervisor at their job.

This is a great debut and while I don’t ever want to break down Big Mouth with my daughter, I hope she finds her way to this album at some point in her life.

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Photo credit to Kerria Grey

Necking is a Vancouver punk outfit that, based on this first track, is not afraid to get up in your grill. And I for one, am here for it. Cut Your Teeth is out July 5th via the fine folks at Mint Records

Necking became a band before playing a note of music together. The origin story of the Vancouver-based powerhouse post-punk quartet starts at a party where all four members met for the first time and began boasting untruths about their group’s musical accomplishments. Following a series of fake names including Britney Bitch and Four White Guys, they picked up instruments for real, quickly earning a rep for their live wire performances and no-holds-barred humour. This continues on the band’s debut LP, Cut Your Teeth, a collection of songs about dating woes, cybersex, and self-improvement. Ultimately focused on the friendship shared by the women of Necking, their main motivation is making themselves laugh.

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