Norway - Full Moon 52 - 01/09/01
Yellow Snow Records
By judging the name of the band and the cover of this CD I expected some cartoonish
heavy band. Wrong. Pulp Vixen are the heroines of Tromsø I guess. An all-girl group
showing muscles and creative skills with Toxic, their debut album. Pulp Vixen are
Line Saus (vox, guitar), Mona Helleland Varpe (vox, perc, theremin, melodica), Therese
Winther-Hansen (bass), Anne Mette Sætra (guitars) and Kathrine Wold (drums). Supervixens?
Toxic was recorded over two periods in 1999 and 2000, and 3 of the songs were
included on the Yellow Snow compilation album, Yellow Snow Compilation vol. 1. Pulp Vixen
operate in the dark areas of rock, and they sound somewhat like a rougher blend of Belly, or
Throwing Muses, or maybe a gothic Sleater-Kinney. Anyway, Unlike Me opens with a twang, and
one second I think of Chris Isaak!? However, the steady, bubbling bass (a signature throughout the
album) plus of course the great voice of singer Line, along with the drive of the rest of the band,
should make eyebrows raise. Running is more straight-floating, while Temple Song
is an exotic-gothic tale. One of the best songs is called I'm Not Sharing. It's a calmer
track, and could (should!) definitely become a radio hit. Still my biggest favorite is Me
And Bettie, a more up-beat song, catchy as hell with a great guitar line! The title track
is playing with mystique, a doomy carnival, spinning and sparkling like bonfire in the dark.
Of the 9 songs there aren't many weak moments. OK, now and then I find the guitars to be maybe
a bit to heavy-metalish, but Pulp Vixen are aiming for the perfect fuzz.
A stunning debut, and I'm awaiting to hear some more sounds from the north. Visit lovely
Tromsø and you might get the chance to attend a live affair with them.
Distribution in Norway: Tuba!
Copyright © 2001 Håvard Oppøyen