|The Sharp Ease
by Katie Sauro
L.A.-based five-piece, The Sharp Ease, seems to have taken a page from the book of femme-powered indie bands like Bikini Kill and Le Tigre—not just because they’re girls (four out of five of them are) or because they’re lesbians (technically four out of five of them could be, but who the hell knows, or cares, for that matter), but because their charged-up pop and bratty punk overtones are quite similar in style. This is especially true of “Peoplewich,” “Poem to Liebnitz,” and the Fitness-sounding dueling vocals on “Hands.” There is one obvious difference, however. Where the two aforementioned Kathleen Hanna-fronted bands tint their brashness with electro-pop, the Sharp Ease goes straight for the jugular with garage-meets-art punk, complete with songbird Paloma Parfrey’s powerful half-sung/half-screamed vocals, dirty guitar chords, and—you guessed it—a saxophone. One can only hope that this short but satisfying EP is merely a precursor to a forthcoming second full-length—and that it gets here quickly.