Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Shorty Cat - I Ain't Be Controlled (2007)

From last.fm:

"Formed in Seoul, South Korea in winter 2003, the four-piece are key players in South Korea’s punk scene. They’re one of very few all-girl punk bands, for a start, and they rock a philosophy of unity and passion that will surely nourish the scene in the years to come. And if that’s not enough, they’re also as cool as fridges.“We formed the band because we love punk!” says guitarist Eun Jin, better known as Pheobe. “There were no girl bands left in Korea’s punk scene, so we wanted to be the first long-lasting girl band.”Shorty Cat is Pheobe along with vocalist Yu Jung, bassist Na Yoen and drummer Min Chae. The band takes its inspiration from all subgenres of punk music, but especially English artists of the 1970s and ’80s, such as The Sex Pistols, X-Ray Spex and Generation X, and their more modern Japanese counterparts, including Lolita No. 18."

I picked up Shorty Cat a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time ago and completely forgot about them and how much I LOVED them. I don't have a clue what the hell they're saying but I've completely fallen in love with these gals. <3 DON'T BEAT ME UP FOR IT, SORRY! Haha. These politically charged Korean bad girls noticed there wasn't many (like 0) all-female fronted bands in their punk scene so they decided to change that. For those who are familiar with South Korea and it's past, being a female fronted band is some serious business. I give these gals all my respect in the world because they're not afraid to get out there and question authority and what society or the law says. I'm not a big fan of street punk but man, if I had to choose a favorite out of the genre, Shorty Cat would be up there in my top 5. Another thing I love about this band is the noticable influence of riot grrrl. It's a shame that there are less and less bands that focus on feminism in their music and more on trivial, stupid shit like BLOOD AND GUTS AND FUCKING I DON'T FUCKING CARE ABOUT YOUR MTV. RAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE! I wonder... If the vocals were in English would I still like it? Either way, I don't care. Street punk and riot grrrl fans should totally pick this album up and have some fun with Shorty Cat!


  1. amazing thanks :)

  2. Thanks for the information. Their music may not seem radical in the USA but from where they're coming from, this is really powerful message. It's great to know others are listening to it.


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