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Hit Return EP

by Frightwig

Funny, feisty and furious, feminist proto-punk pioneers Frightwig unleash the passion yet again on this 5-song EP... Check out the band that started all the Riot-Grrl shenanigans on these newly recorded classics (including one never-before recorded track)
Genre: Metal/Punk: American Punk
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1. A Man's Gotta Do What a Man's Gotta Do
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2. Crawford
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3. My Crotch Does Not Say Go
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4. Big Bang
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5. Crazy World
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Album Notes
Birthed in 1982 by Deanna Mitchell and Mia d’Bruzzi, Frightwig invented the template for the Riot-grrl phenomenon that followed over a decade later. Funny, funky and furious, Frightwig produced the full-length albums Cat Farm Faboo (Subterranean Records 1984) and Faster Frightwig Kill Kill (Caroline Records 1986), as well as the EP Phone Sexy (Boner Records 1988). The first two LPs were re-released as the double album Wild Women Never Die… (Southern Records 1994).
Frightwig has widely been credited as one of the most original, intense and fearless feminist bands by musicians, critics and fans alike.

After taking a hiatus from live performance, Frightwig has now returned with a vengeance to the center stage in 2013. Presenting an all-star line-up which features founding member Deanna Mitchell (the Mouthiest Woman Alive) on bass, secret weapon “Saint” Cecilia Koon on drums and guitar players Mia d’Bruzzi and Rebecca Sevrin from each of the first two albums, playing and recording together for the first time ever. Oh, and here’s the kicker (oh, the shock and horror!), a real man!!! But this is not just any man, this is the legendary Eric Drew Feldman who has recorded, performed, produced and toured with Captain Beefheart, Snakefinger, Frank Black, Pere Ubu, PJ Harvey and Knife & Fork amongst others. Eric plays keyboards, has been known to sport both a tiara and a tuxedo, and has produced the new EP Hit Return. Frightwig has never sounded better.

Having played a handful of select shows in 2013, Frightwig is currently in the midst of recording a new full-length LP of new (and very potent) material. Look for them on tour in 2014- their live shows are legendary and never to be missed.

Recent live show reviews:
Val Vale Re/Search Magazine News:
PUNK HOMECOMING 2013, Sat-Sun Sept 21–22 at The Verdi Club…..”We will note that our personal high point was the Frightwig concert wherein some spectacularly-dressed-and-costumed people “crashed” the stage and participated in an anarchic Iggy Pop-like singalong.”
The Boulevard Ear; 9/21/13: Raging in a Quiet Corner- “Where bands (and fans) from the past are concerned, one can count on a picturesque crowd. The question is always the music: do the players still have something to say, and can they bring it with gusto? Frightwig was one of the SF punk scene’s most aggressive and eccentric bands. Barely acknowledged in their time, they are now credited with providing the spark for rriot girl and subsequent significant musical currents.
Before they played a note, their words of greeting made clear that the years have not dulled Frightwig’s edge. They bench-pressed their set, punching out their fluid mixture of garage punk, metal and art grunge with a relentless blend of joy, humor and rage…the explosive triumph of Frightwig…”

Hit Return review:
Frightwig! If they ever play within 500 miles of where you live, quit your job, give the kids to Grandma for the weekend, sell your collection of rare vinyl, whatever it takes and GO SEE THIS BAND. You will thank me later, and even your kids will understand why you had to do this. Four different primary singer-songwriters, and with each song your favorite will change.

Way back in 1982, Mia d’Bruzzi and Deanna Mitchell started writing and playing together. By 1983, FRIGHTWIG was unleashed on an ill-prepared public. They performed at such legendary San Francisco clubs as The Farm, Mabuhay Gardens, The On Broadway, The Sound of Music and The Fillmore amongst others. A lot of good music came from San Francisco during that era. Frightwig made some of the very best. They toured the United States frequently, and were also popular in Europe. Talent, songwriting, beauty and hard work occasionally pay off. They were big, but they should have been huge.
The 1980’s were a wild and reckless time for a lot of us. Those times take some casualties. There were a couple changes in membership of the band. Various members took “time off” for the usual reasons- Love, career, children, and life outside of a crowded van took over for awhile.

This is Frightwig today: Mia d’Bruzzi, guitar and vocals; Deanna Mitchell, bass and vocals: Cecilia Kuhn, drums and vocals; Rebecca Sevrin, guitar and vocals…oh yeah, and the legendary Eric Drew Feldman (has recorded, performed, produced and toured with Captain Beefheart, Snakefinger, Frank Black, Pere Ubu, PJ Harvey and Knife & Fork amongst others) on keyboards as well. FRIGHTWIG is now. Their recent performances are again thrilling audiences. I am a hardened aging punk rocker and criminal defense lawyer and they bring me to tears. Really. They really love each other, and they love you too.

Come join the party. On this EP you will hear songs written and sung by each of the four singing band members. These are songs about death, sex, love, men, meaning, and this Crazy Crazy World we Live In. You are going to hear mind, heart, beauty and soul. You will hear something new each time you play these tunes.

And, like me, you will come to spread the gospel of FRIGHTWIG.

D. Mickey Sampson 2013



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