What Makes Donna Twirl? Oh, thumping percussion, and noisy guitars, and clown suits, and lots and lots and lots of unbridled teen-age Angst and psychosis, delivered at ear-shattering volume.
What Makes Donna Twirl is the local group that opened Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions' "Uncommon Concert Series" on Sunday night, and while the quartet is definitely uncommon, it's hard to apply rational criteria to such a histrionic unit.
What makes Donna good is the percussion work, with a steel drum adding a Third World feeling to the group's decidedly non-ethnic smash tunes.
What makes Donna hard to take is all that excess: constant streams of impressionistic babble from the vocalists and a determination to play the most irritating, anxiety-ridden progressions imaginable. These twirling Donnas walk a very thin and noisy line between inspiration and indulgence.