Second studio recording from chief Bikini Killer Kathleen Hanna's current ensemble. The Julie Ruin were formed in 2010 and released their debut album 'Run Fast' in September 2013. This new offering expands on that sound, and brings something moodier yet more upbeat, and altogether more personal lyric-wise. Available to pre-order on white or normal coloured wax.
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Kathleen Hanna’s new pop-punk band are on album two, and though it’s called ‘Hit Reset’ I would probably subtitle it ‘Keep Doing The Good Stuff You Are Doing Because This Band Is Gr8’. Admittedly I’ve never written t-shirt slogans. The record’s opener perfectly combines the electro-pop with the punk, which is exactly what you’d expect a member of both Bikini Kill and Le Tigre to do. And so ‘Hit Reset’ goes: a catchy, excited and pissy punk record that seems to be checking the Dictionary of Hooks to see if certain catchy bits can be played.
‘Hit Reset’ is raw and ridiculous, full of shouting that occurs milimetres from the mic, hilarious vocal ad libs (the na na nas, and the “bububububububububh” chants that lead to a refrain of “be nice!!”, definitely with two exclamation marks, on “Be Nice”). Even the slower, more serious tunes, such as “Rather Not”, match their melancholy guitar tone with laserbeam synth and an upswinging chorus. It feels like the Julie Ruin beam a light on everything on ‘Hit Reset’, even (and especially) the bullshit.
Maybe we should talk about “Planet You”, though, which will be your answer to the twitter poll Do You Want People To Sing About The Internet, with that screamed-slash-harmonised lyric “Start a kickstarter for your heart!”. For me, it’s a classic example of the band working something corny into something magical, as on the silly, Ergs!y “Hello Trust No One”, a song with a yo-yoing bass line, a vocal shout-off and a mix of classic rawk solo and silly keyboard.
They do it all so fast you barely have time to open your mouth and complain, which is just as well, because this record is just catchy all the time.
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