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Potty Mouth - Potty Mouth EP Review

Dan Burney

Potty Mouth
2015 EP – Potty Mouth

The riotous all girl troupe Potty Mouth has moved in a new direction with their self titled second EP. They released the EP on their self-started label Planet Whatever Records on August 21st. After transitioning from a four-piece group to a trio the girls teamed up with engineer John Goodmanson to create their refreshing new sound. The EP doesn’t lose any of the edge or subtle grunge of their older music but distortion is no longer dominating the tracks and the girls don’t have to be slapped with the lo-fi label. 

Working with Goodmanson, who also worked with bands like Sleater Kinney and Bikini Kill, on the West Coast has left noticeable traces in the new tracks. The tracks are more polished, crisp and upbeat demonstrating also how the girls have matured as a band. Comparing the single, Damages, from their previous album to their newest single, Cherry Picking, one wouldn’t expect they were the same band. “Cherry Picking” is also the first track on the EP immediately laying out the themes of rebellion and individualism for the five track bundle. 

The single opens with fuzzy guitar and deep repeating background mantra, “Fresh, Sweet, Cool, Sleek” which contrasts with the lighter vocals of the chorus. The last verses are broken up by a mini monologue asking listeners to take a hard look at what and who is influencing their lives. Another addictive anthem is, “The Bomb” the third track off the EP. It begins with soft vocals and guitar picking then takes a sharp turn into crashing cymbals, flawless harmonies, and even a mini guitar solo. The lyrics explore self-acceptance and relishing in personal flaws even when everything is a mess. The simple yet haunting hook, “I dropped the bomb and the bomb was me” inspires all to let their freak flag fly high. The closing track, “Truman Show” is more fast paced than the preceding and might have been better placed in the middle of the EP. Either way it is just as catchy with quick drum rolls and light background vocals that are reminiscent of the punk girl bands of the 90s. 

Give the EP a listen if you’re curious about the band’s refreshing sound especially if you’re interested in the next generation of power girl rock or you’re a fan Liz Phair circa 1994 and Bratmobile.

By: Helen Kuhn