What to Wear

CD Cover Hissy Fit

Review by Paul Watkin

45-second excerpt from "Rose Garden" (various formats)

Usually, when pop meets edge-rock and fuses into a power-pop kinda thing, you get lame, half-baited, lethargic songs. Though Hissy Fit do combine the aforementioned styles on What to Wear, they've thankfully avoided all that and manage to carry a spirited energy throughout the disc.

That pretty much sums it up. It's good, but it's nothing overly unique. Like "Rose Garden," the pop classic which they've revved up and given a Ramones-esque intro, the majority of the songs begin with quick guitar, setting the pace before singer/guitarist Gisele Grignet enters with her aggressive, gravelly orations. These vocals and the straightforward nature of the songs work well together, combining to fuel the tunes and to provide them with what the band describes in their liner notes as the "snot factor."

What to Wear isn't breaking any ground musically, but it does have attitude, and should be noted for that. Methinks if you are a fan of such bands as the Muffs and the Goops, then you'll like Hissy Fit.

Artist Contact Info: PO Box 3507, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V6B 3Y4, grignet@direct.ca

First published in Drop-D Magazine on June 13, 1997

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