SHOULD THE SCHOLARS among you suspect that San Diego delinquents Some Girls swiped their moniker from the '78 Stones LP of the same name or that Julianna Hatfield side project, don't look to their music for clues. This fearsome fivesome fling pummeling chords and shriek like a dude being disemboweled with a rusty knife that was plucked from a deep fryer. Ex-American Nightmare singer Wes Eisold fronts this punk supergroup, currently featuring members of the Locust, Holy Molar, and Head Wound City (Justin Pearson, bass), the Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower (Chuck Rowell, guitar), and Nathan Joyner on guitar—drummer Sal Gallegos rounds out the group. (Rowell is a semi-recent replacement for guitarist Christopher Sprague, who left to go full-time with Tristeza.)
The first two tunes on the band's new full-length, Heaven's Pregnant Teens, its Epitaph debut, are minute-long Molotovs straight outta '83. Songs mostly offer pin-prickly licks lashing straight into zero-to-80-mph riff 'n' screech, with a churn channeled from hometown art-punk fore-uncles Swing Kids, which also featured bassist Pearson. Of course, ubiquitous time-signature shifts abound, but never enough to muddle the attack.
By the track, "Religion II," Some Girls sound like a band so sick of everything, even themselves that they're running out of ideas—and maybe they were, as it's a Public Image Ltd. cover, which nonetheless shows some brains in the brutality. "Deathface" finishes things off with over nine marauding minutes of one beat, flailing guitars, and numerous confused shouts, making the listener feel like a fireman crashing his way through a burning rock club. Featuring Some Girls' tightest production and songwriting yet, Teens brings to mind the phrase "No kidding around."