Go Betty Go - "Worst Enemy"
The interesting thing about getting these cds straight from the record
labels for review, as opposed hitting the record store, means I get
promo stuff. Things like a press bio. This is what the record label
wants me- as well as all the other keyboard critics out there- to
think. Case in point: a quote from drummer Aisa stating that she's "not
a fan of all-girl bands."
This is the label trying to stave off any comparisons to other So-Cal
female-fronted acts in the punk vein, such as Tilt, the Muffs, Red
Five, Fabulous Disaster, and so on. There's a reason for this. Go Betty
Go does a fine job on Worst Enemy, but they really don't do much to set
themselves aside from all the other poppy female punk acts listed.
Yes, they do have songs like "Son Mis Locuras," which is entirely in
Spanish, and probably one of the better two tracks on the EP. But the
band just seems to fall into the trap of name-dropping diverse
influences like NWA, the Cure, the Clash, and Peter Frampton, but not
drawing from any of them. Go Betty Go has some catchy lines here and
there, and there's a happy hint of surf guitar work in some of the
tunes, but Worst Enemy does nothing to break free of the "all-girl punk
band" pigeonholing they're stuck with.