Label: Kill Rock Stars
Bratmobile was one of the sparks that lit the Riot Grrrl fire -- and not just because this Olympia band played in one of the first riot grrrl shows. Their first and only full-length pops and hisses around churning DIY guitars and lightning-tongued lyrics that tackle weighty issues like race, gender, scenes and screwing. Allison Wolfe's vocals veer from studiously childlike to stabbingly monotonal. In short, they earn their name. Raw, ferocious, messy and playful, this self-professed "fake band" is as punk as it gets on cuts like "Bitch Theme" and their searing cover of "Cherry Bomb."