Spinnerette is the new band fronted by Brody Dalle, previously of The Distillers. As well as Brody, Spinnerette is made up of Alain Johannes (Eleven, QOTSA), Tony Bevilacqua (Distillers), and Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eleven). They’ve gone through their fair share of record label struggles, and the time between the announcement of Spinnerette and the actual album release has been a long road. But Brody Dalle is officially back, serenading and screaming.
Instantly, the difference between Spinnerette and The Distillers is that Brody takes her time on Spinnerette. This album just flows incredibly well. The Distillers was balls-out rock your ass off every song. Spinnerette takes you somewhere. Every song weaves into the next. Right up through the gap on the last track that leads you to a hidden jam session of sorts, with Brody going from soothing, whispery melodies to screaming her lungs out on the edge of control.
This album is all about the contrast between sweetness and rage. In their own bio, they couldn’t have said it better:
Spinnerette is the sound of a sweaty black leather glove holding a lollipop’s stick, shoving it into crushed glass before offering you the first lick. If that made any sense, it might be Spinnerette. There is sweetness and there is menace. You will have the desire in spite of the obvious danger.
I wouldn’t say that this is Brody Dalle / The Distillers “all growed up.” Sure she has grown, settled down with Josh Homme, and had a little girl. But she’s still got the little punk-rock chick inside of her. Evident in punch-out tracks like Sex Bomb and Geeking.
Speaking of Sex Bomb, this is a killer song. It’s got this dark playfulness at the beginning, and then Brody Dalle comes in beckoning:
“I don’t want another man / I cry myself to sleep at night / Thinking of you loving me / Baby please come back in me…”
Oh yes. Soak that one in. The chorus rocks even harder, Brody with all all her voice’s sultriness, “I want you to be my daddy.”
Baptized By Fire is another song that brings out something new from Brody. With an electronica chorus and a mandolin-y bridge, add in her voice and you’ve got this really enchanting song. Yes, I felt enchanted. Just look at these enchanting lyrics:
So I’ll be sailing on Out into bermuda blue / Compass needle breaks / Like the heart I gave to you / I’ve been laying down in the devils lair / Sailing into the sun / I’ll be baptized there…
Back in 2008 the Ghetto Love EP was released featuring Ghetto Love, Distorting A Code, and two other songs that didn’t make the debut album cut (Valium Knights, Bury My Heart). Also included was a music video for Ghetto Love shot by Liam Lynch (Whatever). Ghetto Love is an amazing song, and perfectly fit as the opener for the Spinnerette debut. This song just kicks ass out the door immediately. In fact, I can picture Brody Dalle kicking a door down on the first booming beat; literally interpreting that Ghetto Love is a boombastic opener. Yes, I felt boombast…ed.
For the finale, A Prescription For Mankind is one hell of. (That yoda thing was an accident, I’m keeping it.) It’s definitely a sexy song. It is sexy. Just take it as it is, you can strip/fuck to this song. It’s slow, heavy, and sexy. When the track ends, wait an extra minute. Take that breather. Brody comes back with the band intertwining in this one last charge into your eardrums, and she goes for your balls (females: clitoris) on this one.
If there was only one change I could make, then it would be to include Valium Knights, and maybe even take out Rebellious Palpitations.
Brody Dalle is officially my favorite chick in rock, again. She has brought back that voice from The Distillers we all love, and has added in some extra sweetness. The album as a whole is a huge accomplishment, and the hard work from her and the guys shows.
The Spinnerette debut is a great addition to Brody Dalle’s discography, and I hope to suck on many more glass-shard lollipops in the future. (Seriously, which ever one of them came up with that analogy: their band to a glass-shard lollipop, is the coolest person ever. Oh, the imagery.)
Anthem / RED
01. Ghetto Love
02. All Babes Are Wolves
05. Baptized By Fire
06. A Spectral Suspension
07. Distorting A Code
08. Sex Bomb
09. Driving Song
10. Rebellious Palpitations
11. The Walking Dead
13. A Prescription For Mankind
Reviews published prior to February 23, 2015 used a 1-5 star rating system.