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Paper + Plastick (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  October 18, 2011
3.5 3.5 Stars


With this new comp, Lauren Denitzio — former vocalist/guitarist of New Brunswick pop-punk outfit the Measure — has collected tracks by 17 of the best current underground female-fronted pop punk bands. Out on Gainesville, Florida's Paper + Plastick, each band's take on pop-punk is distinct, ranging from the Velocity Girl–inspired shoegaze vocals of "Things You Say" by California '90s-indie-pop revivalists Sourpatch, to the pissed-off grrrl-punk melodies of "Two Face" by Long Island's Cheeky. The compilation is an excellent intro to the sounds and ethos of the DIY-devoted scene surrounding labels like Quote Unquote, No Idea, and Don Giovanni — artists who punx nationally have bounced around to in basements for years. Also featured are Noun, the slower-tempo solo project of Screaming Females's Marissa Paternoster; the addictive hooks of Brooklyn's P.S. Eliot; and the bouncy, grungy pop-punk of guitar-and-drum duo Shellshag. Denitzio's effort is a result of the frustrating truth that, even after years of playing and touring, women are still often mistaken for merch girls or girlfriends in the male-dominated music scene. All proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood.
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