The Donnas : Turn 21

If girls can love Eminem, boys can dig this.

The Donnas  : Turn 21

7 / 10 Forget that old reductive rhetoric of knee-jerk,

old-skool feminism. All men aren't bastards. They're target practice. At least, according to the doctrine of The Donnas, four girls who treat the weak, the foolish, and the criminally stupid with the same compassion they'd use on a spider in the bath. For Donnas A, C, F, and R lift their moves, their riffs, and most alarmingly, their attitude, from AC/DC and The Ramones, Donna A's trail-of-deadpan vocals leading the way through rock so unreconstructed it could daunt Sherpas. Theirs is a streamlined cool, the kind of posturing that could make Fred Durst and his testosterone-addled ilk hide under their comfort blankets.

Fears that of-age girls playing the teen goat might seem like superannuated B-movie adolescents are quickly swatted by vicious opening put-down 'Are You Gonna Move It For Me'. While other bands who trade on the myth of the cool teen fille fatale (Lolita Storm, for example) come over like the content of a sad-man website, The Donnas are utterly convincing, whether appropriating the prehistoric on-the-road attitudes of '40 Boys In 40 Nights' ("I got no time to see the sights") or the fabulous stalker-crushing 'You've Got A Crush On Me' ("but you'll never get past my caller ID"). Forget that idiocy's not

gender-specific: if girls can love Eminem, boys can dig this. Righteous, sisters.

Victoria Segal

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