Instead of straight-up campcore dance-floor re-envisionings of cult dyke pop songs, Montreal girl-bangers Lezzies on X shuffle in a slightly different direction for their new disc. Here they draw heavily on the hyper-politicized music of the 70s womyn's music scene for inspiration, crafting their own tongue-in-muff anthems praising lesbo culture, condemning patriarchal domination and celebrating dirty girl-on-girl action. This album one-ups their last for a couple of reasons. First, the perpetually digging Lezzies are shedding light on an all but forgotten subculture of feminist artists who deserve a second look. Second, their electro treatments pay tribute to a more recent era of DIY girl music: you can hear shades of Julie Ruin in the sombre Alone In Madness, the ferocity of Donna Dresch and queercore in the metallic Sedition, and their semi-parodic Is This The Way? is a way better version of the atrocious L Word theme than the original. The balance of aesthetic and substance results in a disc that's no one-note joke, but has a self-reflexive sense of humour.
Lezzies on X launch their CD at Lee's Palace Friday (April 27).