Maximum RocknRoll said:
Dottie Attie – Somewhere between the RONDELLES and the RIFF RANDALLS, but low brow and hilarious: a song called “Cum Stains on My Heart,” counter that with this genius line, “I don’t want to hear any song about me / That I didn’t write myself” from “He’s a Rock ‘n’ Roller Now.” Super charming yet repulsive in places, a noble endeavor! I salute you ladies. Turning cute into gross is where it’s at. I think this tape is sold out but hopefully they will make more! (Layla) (SG 1110 SE 16th Ave apt #1, PDX, OR 97214, dottieattie.bandcamp.com)
There's an unmistakable vibe of first-wave riot grrl to Dottie Attie's Valentine Tape. Not that they sound derivative of any particular band, but it's a bit like stumbling on a long-lost classic of the genre. There's not a lot here to stop you from imagining that Dottie Attie could have shared a bill with Bratmobile, Bikini Kill, or Tuscadero.
These tunes feature surfy single-note guitar lines, midrangey, garagey guitar sounds, and sneery, often rapid-fire, lead vocals offset by sweet 50's rock'n'roll-ish harmonies. They remind me a bit of the Ramones too, maybe because they do that Joey Ramone thing of breaking a one syllable word into multiple syllables. They get in and get the job done quick -- of 8 songs, only "Werewolf" cracks the 2-minute mark.
And they've sunk hooks in my brain -- I've been wandering around humming "Cumstains on My Heart," and "Fangrrltears" under my breath all week. One of my measuring sticks for whether a band has a distinctive voice is how they handle a cover -- do they copy the original, or do they make it their own? Dottie Attie make the Clash's "Protex Blue" sound like they could've written it. Impressive.