Chicks & Stones

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This seven-song teaser for their forthcoming full-length sees the D’s beloved Gore Gore Girls configured as a quartet. It’s the lineup that stepped lively at Little Steven’s Underground Garage Fest last August — four devil chicks unleashing Detroit heat on a humid hurricane of a New York City day — and that same energy sparks the four originals and three covers on 7 X 4. Opener “Casino” finds Amy Surdu chewing scenery like a female Bobby Harlow, and the girl-group classic “All Grown Up” is both sweet and sly in Gore Gore hands. “I’m goin’ on dates/every Saturday night,” Surdu sings. “And if he wants a kiss/I might say alright …” The cracked Dixie cup style of the band’s girl-group side is always charming. But on 7 X 4 at least, it’s rock ’n’ roll that really matters. “Mary Ann” and “Loaded Heart” are particularly impressive, unfolding at a snappy, six-string-heavy clip that may be closer to vintage garage and freakbeat than the band’s originals have ever come before. And an EP-closing reading of the Treez’ “You Lied to Me Before” is both a call to the 1966 original and a modern-day crunchy thrill, putting revivalism and rockstastic power into one brash package.

 

Appears at the It Came From Detroit benefit on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Magic Stick (4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700), with Falcon & Maltese, the Detroit City Council and the Cyril Lords.

Johnny Loftus writes about music for Metro Times. E-mail letters@metrotimes.com.

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