Skinflower & The Rubber Girls at Don Hill's
New CD Releases by Crazy Mary & The Living


by Penny Lane


Skinflower, showed a little apprehension when they first hit the stage at Don Hill's on October 10th, but when the groove 'hit', they blasted the audience out of their shoes. Not only did they have the crowd dancing, but the band had most of the front line either wearing huge smiles, moshing to the hard hitting sound, or both. Drawing from Nine Inch Nails and Ministry, Skinflower take a seductive and passionate approach.

Drawing from Nine Inch Nails
and Ministry,
Skinflower take a seductive and passionate approach.


The band's most memorable songs are "Clean Getaway", "Torque" and "Seven Pounds of Sunlight". For their Don Hill's show, they saved these gems for last, so as to really send the audience into a dazed and excited frenzy.

Skinflower are not afraid to use unique instrumentation. During their set, Keg, the band's guitarist, puts that instrument aside to pick up the bass guitar, and later, the electric sitar. At one point, lead vocalist Steve, and Kegwere both playing bass guitar. At another, they were simultaneously playing guitar.

The Rubber Girls, a contortionist duo who opened for Skinflower, were nothing less than amazing. These girls claim to be born to Mortanian gypsies as Siamese twins connected at the butt until a German scientist disconnectedthem and sold them off, separately, to two American families for 100 dollars each.[hmmm -ed.] Once reunited, -- not surgically, mind you -- 'fate' ensued. Professing a telepathetic connection and a dream to create a 'world domination' act, they launched their human pretzel making business.

Crazy Mary's recent release, 'Passion Pit,' is energetic and well put together . They have a great, fun-filled attitude, and the mood is contagious.

Crazy Mary reminds me of The Cramps or any good garage band.

Crazy Mary reminds me of The Cramps or any good garage band. Best cuts are "Look But You Better Not Touch", "Pigeon Disease", and "Lightnin' Strikes". These songs possess a great twang that generates the urge to get Crazy.

If you long to be living in the 80's, check out The Living's guitar and drum laden CD, "Moment in Time". And who better to put on drums but a lovely lady named Shir Terror. This one may not have broad appeal, but you glam rock kids will appreciate it. Though the material may need a little more creativity in the lyrics department, tunes to check out are: "Lost Around the World" and "Sunshine".

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