Pioneers in the riot grrrl movement of the early '90s, the Brats broke up in 1994, then got back together for a one-off show in 1999. Realizing what they'd been missing, the warrior women re-formed the group and recorded 2000's Ladies, Women, and Girls for Lookout! Records (which is co-owned by the band's drummer, Molly Neuman).
On Girls Get Busy, Bratmobile retains its fiery spirit, tackling gender and identity politics as well as Bush's war. On "Are You a Lady?" Wolfe shouts, "Are you a lady? Are you a girl?/Tell me who taught you how to behave/Everything proper and shopping in place." Pitting insurgent lyrics against pared-down, pop-punk grooves, the band's bouncy tunes draw from both the Go-Go's and the Ramones. Along with the thick organ fills of guest Audrey Marrs (ex-Mocket), Erin Smith's riffs and Neuman's beats underscore the exigency of Wolfe's words, which ultimately promote a do-it-yourself, agitprop agenda.
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