Let Them Eat... The Monorchid CD/LP
From the pages of the CMJ New Music Report, Issue: 514 - Mar 24, 1997
Despite D.C.'s tradition of hardcore punk
rock, it's been quite some time since a new band appeared on the scene
that could wake us from the lulling guitars of the status quo. Monorchid's
four singles and now its debut full-length are like the kiss the Prince
planted on Sleeping Beauty, breathing life into the area's musical tradition
and perking up the ears of punk fans drifting to other genres for titillation.
Monorchid is as sassy as the title of its album implies, stirring vehemence
back into hardcore punk with harsh guitars and erratic melodies (‡la Unwound)
and the strident vocals of ex-Circus Lupus guitarist Chris Hamley (‡ la
the Peechees' Chris Applegren). Produced by Jawbox's J. Robbins, Let Them
Eat... The Monorchid has a crisp sound that doesn't get in the way of
the band's ruff-'n'-tuff agenda. This album will have heads bobbing to
the rhythm in support of the new wave of East Coast hardcore energy. Crank
the stereo and ingest "Bitch Test," "This Jazz Ain't Free," "Distortion"
and "Curse Of The Potty Trained Children."