Explains Shaw, who had stayed active with his '60s-oriented Voxx Records: "There's a strong worldwide garage-punk movement taking place underground. The type of ideals that were around in the '70s are beginning to resurface just as the ideals of the '60s are.
"A strong garage-punkoid movement is going to become evident in the future and this is the market I'm looking towards. I'm interested in bands that are trying to sell 20-30,000 records more than someone who's trying to sound like somebody that's already selling millions."
HOLY SISTERS, BATMAN!: Perhaps the most notable of the Bomp releases is the Holy Sisters of the Gaga Dada's debut, "Let's Get Acquainted," which is bound to shake up a few notions of just what a girl group is. Generally, the term has called to mind bright, poppy songs, sparkling harmonies and upbeat lyrics about boys, love and fun.Not so with the Holy Sisters.
Being females is where any similarity between the Holy Sisters and such sisters-in-rock as the Go-Go's and Bangles stops. Can you imagine Belinda Carlisle singing a song about a man beating up his wife next door, as the Holy Sisters do in "A Neighbor Screams"?
"I first joined bands to express my politics," says bassist Jill Fido, who hooked up with the band's founder, keyboardist/singer Mary Jean, three years ago in Santa Cruz, the band's original home base (guitarist Kim Sockit and drummer Zero Jessephski, Jr. complete the lineup).
It's not just the message of the songs that makes the band shatter the gender genre stereotype. The music is dark, rhythmic and carnival-esque, borrowing more from the original Wall of Voodoo than from the Go-Go's.
Even with the new LP out, Fido admits it's hard sometimes to be taken seriously, but as more people get acquainted with the band (which plays Al's Bar with Thelonious Monster on Wednesday) the non-believers are being won over.
"In some ways it helps being a girl band, and in some ways it doesn't," said Sockit. "I think it's been as much a help as a hindrance."
But on the positive side, Fido added, "Now there's a range of girl groups. . . . The Go-Go's, the Bangles and the Pandoras are all different from each other. I think we started another category."
NEWS 'N' NOTES: Coconut Teaszer is becoming one of the more interesting live rooms for a full range of talent, both local and imported. One name to keep an eye out for on the Hollywood club's schedule is Monday's attraction, the Eyetalian Sportscars, which features members of the Little Kings and Junkyard, plus whoever they can coax into playing with them. A recent gig featured teen-heartthrob Charlie Sexton--on drums.
One of L.A.'s most promising young bands, the Need, has changed its name to Divine Weeks. An album titled "Through and Through" is due soon on Dream Syndicate leader Steve Wynn's Down There label, distributed by Enigma. . . . Long Island transplants the Dancing Hoods won the best new band award at the recent New York City Music Awards. The Hoods can be seen in various L.A. clubs, with Rave-Ups bassist Tommy Blatnik temporarily subbing for original member Eric Williams, who apparently has decided not to make the move out West.
Tin Star's debut album, "Somebody's Dreams," which was released briefly last year on Wrestler Records, has now been reissued on producer Dan Fredman's own Unbreakable Records. The Kerry Hansen-led band, now with a slightly different lineup than when the album was made, is gigging around town and talking to major labels. . . . Suicidal Tendencies, whose "Institutionalized" is one of the best songs to come out of the L.A. hard-core scene, has a new album, "Join the Army," on New York-based Caroline Records. . . . Fade to Gray's recent six-cut 12-inch, "Bless This Mess," features an intriguing musical approach (sort of like what Oingo Boingo might sound like if it was good) and cover art by drummer J.T. Steiny, whose bizarre comic "Doots" can be seen each week in the Reader. . . . The Moberlys are currently shopping demos produced by R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck.