Frau: Punk Is My Boyfriend 7"
More great punk out of the absolutely untouchable London scene... as I mentioned when I wrote about their demo (which has recently been re-pressed on a 12" by Dead Beat), Frau features Ash from Good Throb on vocals, and while I would venture to guess that Good Throb fans will dig Frau, it might be for different reasons. Far less straightforward than their demo, this 7" is a sound I haven't heard before... quirky, agitated, hyper-fast, aggressive but not tough... it's basically everything that I want punk to be. I guess you can draw comparisons with any number of minimal, aggressive bands (anything from the Urinals to very early Wire to Kleenex to Good Throb themselves), but Frau are truly their own beast. Listening to this is like happening upon some raw, undiscovered European lady-punk gem from early 80s Europe, and if you treasure records of that ilk you NEED this like you need few other modern records. Utterly essential and highly recommended.