The people have spoken. Here’s another track from the rare 1997 “Fractious” 7"EP by SALLY SKULL, one of the coolest pieces of vinyl I’ve discovered in some time. They were, by what rare accounts there are, a female-led UK garage punk band with a hankering for fuzz and an aversion to fidelity. This one’s called “Tear Out”.
Having only heard “The Running Kind” by SALLY SKULL for the first time a month ago, I’m still confident enough to anoint it one of the finest examples of low-fidelity explosive underground punk noise since “Mama Was a Schitzo, Daddy Was a Vegetable Man” – hell, since The Mods’ “Leave My House” maybe.
Information on the UK’s Sally Skull is pretty hard to come by on the Internet. The record from which this was taken, a 4-song 7"EP called “Fractious”, was put out by Slampt Records, who appear to have been super-active UK leaders in the trashy post-riot grrl era of female vocalists, bad recordings, scattershot garage punk and inept sloganeering. I’ve heard Pussycat Trash, International Strike Force and few other very solid acts they put out, but nothing even touches this thing. The rest of “Fractious” is fantastic as well.
Huge kudos to our radio hero Erika Elizabeth, who answered the Dynamite Hemorrhage call and digitized her copy so we could be sharing this classic with you this afternoon.