Miss the days when a fanzine was a photocopied work of art, not a URL? When grrrl punk was all about Daisy Chainsaw and skateboards, not Avril and Sk8R Boi? Look no further than scrappy local trio Cougar Party, who offer up shouty DIY punk rawk without rehashing old-school Riot Grrrl. With a pedigree that includes members of Mach Tiver and the Plath, CP capably pull off neo-feminist rallying cries and tender love songs with an aggro edge. Their debut is quite well produced, foregrounding sludgy walls of guitar noise and pulsating drums that take the edge off the slightly shrill vocals. And everyone should rock pro-pussy-eating album opener Going Down With Cougar Party, with deadpan spoken dialogue that's like a dirty version of Le Tigre's What's Yr Take On Cassavetes.
Cougar Party play a CD release at Cinecycle Saturday (April 23).