Behold, the Die Monitr Batss songwriting recipe: Combine a few wrangled, out-of-tune guitar chords, a dollop of gawkish sax blat and indifferently delivered boy-girl chants that could've been cribbed from a Henry Rollins diary. Stir. Repeat over the course of an album, adding minor (and ultimately inconsequential) stylistic variations. This Portland, Ore., quartet, a side project of The Gossip's Nathan Howdeshell, barrels through Girls of War on a wave of relentless post-punk monotony, wishing it were 20-some years earlier and they were opening for Suicide on the Lower East Side. Howdeshell and Lana On's lyrics are the most evocative aspect of their pose "I broke the arm of a man I can't stand/He's at it again/Get in the van," "He's war-damaged/He doesn't know what he's doing," "It's all right if he dies/I'm so bored" and so forth but the music numbs any shock value.
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