Magazine article New Internationalist

Feminist Sweepstakes by le Tigre

Magazine article New Internationalist

Feminist Sweepstakes by le Tigre

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`Feminists, we're calling you. Please report to the front desk. Let's name this phenomenon. It's too dumb to bring us down.' This isn't the opening salvo to Le Tigre's second album (that distinction goes to the catchy `Tour Theme', with its dedication: `For the ladies and the fags, yeah. We're the band with the roller-skate jams'), but it could well be. Rarely has an album, any album, worn its intent so unequivocally. Straight out of New York City, Le Tigre are Kathleen Hanna, JD Sampson and Johanna Fateman, a trio who, in punk's tradition of direct action, not so much put the politics back into pop as ram it. It's pointless to list the causes for which Feminist Sweepstakes takes up the cudgels because it would have a reductionist effect that the album doesn't deserve.

With exhilarating speed, the album's punch comes from its down-the-line vocals combined with no-messing guitar and keyboards. …

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