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Period Pains : BBC Sessions, The

Youth! Energy! Excitement! Punk rock! Thank God there are kids out there who are acting like 30-something nostalgic old punks!

Period Pains : BBC Sessions, The

Youth, an old man once said, is wasted on the young. However, here at indie central we love everything about youth and the young. It
is
unarguably great, and anyone who suggests otherwise is old, sick
and
wrong. Therefore we also love everything about Period Pains. They are four teenage girls and therefore unquestionably punk rock, despite being called Felicity, Chloe, Laura
and
Magda and coming from Reading. And it gets better. Without even hearing these records, journalists and media figures in their 30s are jumping up and down in excitement. Youth! Energy! Excitement! Punk rock! Thank God there are kids out there who are acting like 30-something nostalgic old punks! And thus you suspect that they will enjoy a great deal of publicity and airplay until they turn 19 and start being serious and hating the stuff they did when they were 17, by which time everyone will have got bored of them and stopped listening.


Not to worry, because this is really quite entertaining stuff, if hardly the Teen-C revolution. 'Daddy I Want A Pony' and 'Just 17' are particularly fine. But it's listening back to 'Ex-Boyfriend' that makes you realise that, amid all the
excitement,
we've forgotten to listen properly. "I knew it was coming to an end/But I never knew you were BENT!" And then, "Don't try to defend your sexuality/You are a squirming faggot". Woah! Homophobia D the new punk rock!


Therefore we are now not allowed to like this record, whereas
before
we were legally bound to. Tsk, kids, eh?! Never do as they're told...

Jim Wirth>

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