Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Kill Matilda-#Punk#Zombie#RocknRoll


Now in it's seventh year of existence, Kill Matilda are a zombie-themed punk rock and roll/heavy metal outfit from Vancouver, British Columbia featuring the collaboration of  husband and wife members Mykel (bass) & Dusty (vocals/guitars) Exner. Along with drummer Marcus Luk, and armed with a sound that draws equal inspiration from bands as diverse as Hole and Garbage (along with the likes of  Paramore, Kittie, The Misfits, Blake Babies, The Heart Throbs, The Distillers, L7, Babes In Toyland, Ramones and 7 Year Bitch), the band has a new, as yet untitled EP set for release sometime later this year. While fans wait for said (Garth Richardson produced) EP the group plans to release this six-song EP early next month. Under the "interesting" title of "#Punk#Zombie#RocknRoll" we have a collection of material that original appeared on Kill Matilda's 2011 full-length debut album, "I Want Revenge". For those new to the band and their quirky punk metal this would be as good off a place as any to start right? But what about fans? Logic would seem to dictate that a EP like this one would have limited appeal to hardcore Kill Matilda followers. So then what would be the draw of  "#Punk#Zombie#RocknRoll"? How about an acoustic version of the band's "Geisha With A Switchblade"? Highlighting the vocal range of the lovely Dusty Exner, "Geisha With A Switchblade" is just one side of the coin when it comes to the overall appeal of this impressive three-piece act. With the tracks "Pomegranate", "I Want Revenge", "Zombie Apocalypse", "Law Abiding Citizen" and "PBJ" rounding out this excellent EP we find the husband and wife duo of Mykel & Dusty tearing through track after track of angry, pissed-off, loud and snotty rock that would make bands like the Sex Pistols and Green Day proud! With the ability to sound caustic and catchy, Kill Matilda won me over early with opener "Pomegranate" thanks to it's punch-to-the-gut take on heavy punk rock and roll and post-grunge/Hole-like delivery. With numbers like "I Want Revenge" and "PBJ" serving up a serious dose of attitude and "Law Abiding Citizen" proving that's there's more then spunk to go around when it comes to pop/punk scene Kill Matilda go a long way towards making me rethink my position that there's nothing new to be found under the sun when it comes female-fronted alternative acts. Heaviness-wise things peak with "Zombie Apocalypse" and the EP's closing number "PBJ". My only gripe would be that just when this Canadian trio seems like their getting really pent-up and ready to blow their tops completely off things "cool down" by reverting back to (snarly) punk rock. As one of the better up-and-coming female-fronted punk metal bands out there Kill Matilda has the power to really tear shit up thanks to versatile lead singer Dusty Exner and it would be so cool to see them go that route. It's been far too long since we've seen or heard from a legitimate female-fronted skate rock act, one capable of braking down walls and providing huge waves within the scene. I'd love to see a band like this do it so (hopefully) Kill Matilda will up the anti and, in the words of the MC5, "Kick out the jams...."! If this Canadian outfit can entertain the notion that they have the power to get really serious and possibly right some wrongs that have been done in the name of (modern day) punk rock then I could see Kill Matilda pushing their way to the front of the pack! Let's hope so as the world needs more strong and empowering female voices that can help bridge the gap between punk and heavy metal!

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