(Kill Rock Stars)
by Melissa Mueller
Upon first listen to Los Angeles based Mika Miko’s latest album, C.Y.S.L.A.B.F, you might feel perplexed. (What the hell does C.Y.S.L.A.B.F. stand for anyway?) Especially because the band seems to have defined themselves as “punk.”
Sure, they have the thrashing, screaming, female vocalists, the thunderous drumming, and the fast guitars. But what is sorely lacking from C.Y.S.L.A.B.F. is any sort of political consciousness or awareness that identified the whole punk scene in the beginning. Take opening track “Take it Serious” as singer Jennifer Calvin screams “When I heard your secret/I didn’t know what to say/I can fight without light/and so can you.” Um, what? Furthermore, what are these “capricorinations” they talk about in the song “Capricorinations.” Is that some sort of cross-breed of unicorns and corporations?
To be fair, the band tries to tackle some more somber issues such as violence against women and the economy, but after about three songs of hearing Calvin scream with the same energy the whole album becomes one long continuous song.
The all female 5-piece punk band credits Black Flag and The Germs as their inspiration, but I would be hard pressed to find any similarity. Judge for yourself: the band’s myspace page is http://www.myspace.com/mikamiko. If you live in the California region, they’ll be touring around Los Angeles and San Diego in the immediate future.
Editor's Need to Speak: I'm so totally in love with Mika Miko.