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CD REVIEW: The Dirty Panties - I am a Robot

By: Cyrus Rhodes


"I can't get enough of The Dirty Panties.





Album: I am a Robot

Label: Squidhat Records

Website: http://www.thedirtypanties.com/

Genre: Indie Rock, Punk Rock

Sounds Like: L7, Liz Phair, Hole, Garbage Joan Jett

Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 7/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Overt, Wasted, Money, Figment of a Girl

Weakness: More Solos Please, Short Sided Songs


Las Vegas all-Girl 4 piece punk band “The Dirty Panties” release their debut CD entitled I Am A Robot” in 2012 (Squidhat Records). Band members consist of Barbara Lenox (Guitar, Melanie Ash (Lead Vocals), Michelle Lil’ Moe” Meyer (Bass), and Kayley “The Animal” Malcolm (Drums).


The CD kicks things off with rocking “Confighted” a Rocking nitro piece that dishes out solid low end rock groove, with driving rock rhythm against mean sounding guitar. Infectious vocals from Ash Track 2 “Cheers” Serves-up another strong piece of music combining hooky guitar with raw vocal passion that methodically flows and ebbs its way through emotional fruition. Track 3 “Wet” presents more aggressive rock flair combining mesmerizing guitar rhythms leading you head first into a grand slam chorus against catchy vocal finale.  As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of classic acts L7, Liz Phair, Hole, Garbage and even Joan Jett. The music has everything you would expect from a 4 piece standard – great low end rock grooves, driving distorted guitar rhythms with catchy melodic vocals and a few well-placed harmonies layered along the way. The vocal style from Ash has a jagged edge to it, but manages to go down very smooth. Her vocals delivery is packed to the hilt with passion and reckless abandon. As the CD hits solid stride its obvious “Dirty Panties” is a red hot 4 piece (writing and playing). They also brings to the table a lot of musical variety via this 13 song CD. From striking “Undefeated” and the title track to dynamic “Overt” to rocking “Take it to the Grave” and “Cinema Psycho” to grooving cover track “Money” this CD has something for just about everyone The CD ends with Track 13 “Pretty in Pink” the perfect faille statement for a CD of this caliber.   


I also wish I heard more in the way of ripping guitar solos throughout. I didn’t count one. It’s fair to say some songs are a bit short and right when you are getting into them poof they are over. 


In close I can't  get enough of The Dirty Panties. This latest CD entitled I am a Robot is an impressive debut statement that clearly proves this 4 piece is a force to be reckoned with. The guitar has bite, the bass and drum rhythms have serious low end groove, the songs are all short and sweet musical experiences. The overall production is solid. No doubt these gals are a total riot to check out live around the Las Vegas area. All in all it makes for a deadly combination.   


Cyrus Rhodes

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