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Now that the Ramones are history, it’s timely that these three guys from Seattle (sic) should step up to the abandoned punk plate and hit a grand slam out of the pop music park on their first try. And because the twelve tracks here clock in at a mere 17:16, you don’t have to wait long to understand why Justin Maurer (guitar and vocals), “Cassius” Clay Silva (drums and tambourine)and Zack Lewis (bass and vocals) have a fine shot at making it “big” just like Queen’s best did. They have a ton of catchy melodies in their songbook the, even at 42 seconds flat, leave you wanting to hear a whole lot more. Plus, you just gotta love witty romantic lyrics like :”When Iknocked on your door, you saw me standing there. You said something about being friends, I just wanted my underwear.”

If you are too young to have supported the Ramone’s back in ‘76 when they first started out, here’s your chance to shape history once again. And if you did support the Ramones during that golden summer, this just may be the second coming you’ve been waiting for.

So, what are you waiting for?Go buy their record!Go see them live!Gabba gabba go. (Jeffery Morgan) - Metro Times, Inc.


Of all the bands to namecheck, I was surprised as hell to see Portland’s Clorox Girls mentioning early Red Cross. And it probably wouldn’t have crossed my mind as a reference either, but now that they brought it up, well, yeah, I can hear it. The sound on their eponymous Kurt Bloch-produced debut LP (SmartGuy) is clean and classic, just like an early 80’s SoCal punk band doing Ramones-based tunes. And it may be a little less mush-mouthed than Red Cross, but is has a basic goodness that is harder to ignore than a trouserfull of antlers. (Thurston Moore/Byron Coley) - Arthur Magazine


There are no girls in this San Francisco-by-way-of-Eugene, OR quartet (sic) (there used to be one), but there is some zippy 1980-1982 L.A. type punk to be found. You’d think this was originally released on Posh Boy, Frontier, or Smoke 7 back then! Singer/guitarist Justin says the first Red Cross EP (the original Greg Hetson/Ron Reyes “Annette’ Got the Hits” and “We’re a Cover Band” version) is an inspiration, and, fair enough, But exciting memories of the original So-Cal poppy punk crowd that followed (much more roaring guitars and better playing) of Symbol Six, The Crowd, Adolescents, Shattered Faith, Bad Religion, Channel 3, Descendents, Agent Orange, and Legal Weapon, come to mind. And with the perfect choice of ex-Fastbacks guitarist Kurt Bloch producing in Seattle, the band is captured in all its most crunchy, upbeat, instant exuberance. And thank Buddha for song-writing that actually sounds as good as such a vaunted list. Whether the bubblegummy “Stuck in a Hole” or the faster “Not My Hometown,” “The Press,” and “Time for Losing,” they’re actually as catchy as The Dickies, Flyboys, or The Gears. Clorox is 12-songs-in-17-minutes, basic, uplifting, wisecracking, munchy punk rock like it ought to be, even 22 years later. (Jack Rabid)
- Rodent Production


I didn't want to like these guys (for reason that I'd rather not admit to (alright, I'll fess up, one of them was in MAURICE'S LITTLE BASTARDS and that band irritated the hell out of me so I am holding a personal vendetta against him forever! For-ever!)). But I'm digging this. I heard they were located out of the Bay Area for a while but moved back to Portland or something. I dunno, point being I missed these guys when they were all the rage around town. Nine time out of ten when someone talks up a band to the degree that they did the CLOROX GIRLS that's enough of an indication that I probably won't like them in a year or two (and) neither will anyone else, but these guys reminded me of a dumb-down FM KNIVES at times and a smarter BANANAS at others. They've really got a Sacramento feel to them. I'm not sure if it's the Woodhouse-like production (yeah, I just compared this Kurt Bloch/EGG studios recorded LP to Chris Woodhouse and the Loft. And, y'know what? I meant it) or the fact that they just know when to be poppy and when to be pissed off. Well done good sirs. (BM) - MRR


So I get dis lil' fugger in da mail not really knowin' what to expect, I had seen 'em out in SF and thought they were great but coulda been swayed by their show, and the booze, and bein' outta town. Well, I wasn't, this fucker went flying through my CD player like a fuggin' dangerous whirlwind of destruction. I must have listened to it a hundred times in a row. I can't get enough. Such an amazing brilliant sense of pop punk (and I pretty much hate anything that can be called "pop punk") simplicity. Reminds me of some of my favorite all time favorite records thrown all together . Think very early DESCENDENTS, NIP DRIVERS, and the one I hear the most, RED CROSS. Yeah, and modernly think FM KNIVES and MARKED MEN, but for some reason this seems to kinda push its way to the front of the list. Easily one of my favorite records in a long time. It's a time for...(Candy Sin) - Horizontal Action


In a perfect world, Dangerhouse Records never would have gone out of business some twenty years ago. Or that Robby Fields, without the threat of violence or a lawsuit, would actually pay the bands that help keep Post Boy in business. The Clorox Girls - I'm assuming, named after the song from Red Cross' first self-titled
12" EP - would have fit perfectly in with either label. They actually owe more than a passing blush to that version of Red Cross, too (whose members were to go on to Black Flag, Bad Religion, and Redd Kross). This LP has captured the overall feeling of a really cool attitude that punk still seems so full of possibility and fun, even though it looks like shit and so many people claim that ll the intellectual property's already been gentrified for arenas or strip-mined of any value. The songs on this LP are both wide-eyed and tough. Arty flourishes kept in check by the fact that the songs rock all the way through, even when they slow down. The haiku-like, borderline paranoid lyrics provide a nice amount of traction to the bounce. Much more realized than their 7", which I liked a lot too. (Todd) - Razorcake


SmartGuy Records has brought us the fine, fine debut LP by these Portland young guns. You may recognize lead goon Justin from his stint in the great DEADLY WEAPONS, but make no mistake: Clorox Girls are a combo worthy of devoting all your attention to. I'm a little apprehensive to play-up their youthful energy here but it certainly does contribute to the short, hooky buzz that they churn out. In lieu of just calling them retarded (which is a cop-out), I'll just say that their fusing of creeping, wormy punk a la M.O.T.O. or THE SPITS fills these ears with glee. The total package: a great new band on a 45 rpm 12" with hand-screened sleeves. (MC) - American Music Press


The young darlings everyone has been creaming over unleash their debut album. A parade is scheduled for this Thursday. Yes, there will be Churros. The improvement from their previous Johnny Cat single to this LP is downright immeasurable, thanks to a line-up change and a wicked recording by Kurt Bloch. I’m sure they’ll still get mentioned alongside M.O.T.O. and THE SPITS for their simplistic approach and wormy catchiness, but I think the tunes speak for themselves. The L.A. influence of RED CROSS and THE GEARS is very much upfront, which is another defining characteristic. The whole mood is very “Oakland” to me in nature, but anyone with a beer and toes to tap can hum along just fine. The sound of youth elation...all you old folks (coughTRICKKNEEcough) should live vicariously through them. (MC) - Terminal Boredom


Discography

*Clorox Girls LP - SmartGuy Records
Various tracks have received airplay on numerous college/independent radio stations. The LP was in the top 20 for multiple weeks during May/June/July on WFMU, WMBR, and KVCU among others.
* This Dimension 7" - Jonny Cat Records
Extremely limited 7" released to coincide with their European tour in the Spring of 2005. Both tracks recorded by Chris Woodhouse (A-Frames, FM Knives) at the Hanger in Sacramento, CA. MRR loves it but don't let that stop you.

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Let it go...no really. Does it matter that the Clorox Girls are boys? No. What matters is the music they make and the impression they leave after the final cymbal crash. Thurston Moore and Byron Coley nailed it with their quip that the Clorox Girls “are harder to ignore than a trouser full of antlers.” Too right...

What you have in the Clorox Girls is a band that plays late 70s style punk, from a time when punk was influenced by the likes of Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens, Little Richard, Elvis, and Howlin Wolf. Couple this with early 80’s Los Angeles, you know, the Gears, Germs, Red Cross, (Ron Reyes) Black Flag, Dickies, and you have an idea of where these Girls are coming from.

The bands’ origins can be traced to 2002 Oakland, CA when Justin and Clay met up at a show where both of their (former) bands were performing. Since they hit it off straight-away what else could be done but move in together and form a band. As Justin puts it “We were living in this dingy warehouse full of crust punks and wanted to start a band that was real poppy, kind of like the first Red Cross EP, the polar opposite of the hopeless dark crust that they were always playing.” They recruited Justin’s girlfriend Jennique on bass and began to play frequently around the Bay area before employing a “blitzkrieg tour strategy” that took them throughout the West Coast. This brought them to the attention of Jonny Cat Records who, released their 4-song 7” debut to great acclaim. Not wanting to rest on their laurels, the band embarked on its first US/Canadian tour in the fall of 2003 but not before saying goodbye to Jennique and hello to Morgan who in turn left and made way for Zack. It was on this tour that SmartGuy Records crossed paths with the band at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. After a few trips to various local taquerias, a partnership was formed. Next stop, Conrad Uno’s Egg Studios in Seattle with Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks) twiddling about with the knobs for two days to come up with the “killer” 12-song debut that was released in early 2004. New record, same result. Rave reviews abound. The initial pressing of 400 LPs sold out in two weeks so what was left to do…? Press up 350 more and tour the states in July and August. The high note of this trip was a live WFMU radio session at which they shared the air with Belgian punk legends The Kids. Not bad for three girls from Portland! The lads closed out the year with some West Coast dates and a bit of recording.

2005: New Year, new bass player. Enter Colin Grigson, just in time for the second trip to Egg Studios with Kurt Bloch again at the helm. Cut after cut of hard-edged pop, this LP picks up where the debut left off and once again demonstrates that, along with brevity, the Clorox Girls know the value of the solid songwriting. On the 12 tracks that comprise This Dimension, the Clorox Girls have honed their pop edge without losing the sound that harkens back to that peculiar lost-in-time-garage-psych-no-man’s land that birthed Redd Cross and the Angry Samoans. It is also clear that the Clorox Girls have arrived at a sound of their own. This Dimension is out now!