Rebel Girl
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Rebel Girl

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"Rebel Girl, oooh, aahh"


Rebel Girl, oooh, aahh

Saturday night at the Lime Spider will be a triple bill of area bands, including estrogen-fueled power trio Rebel Girl, whose independent album co-produced by Jani Lane is called Old Enough to Know Better, Too Young to Care. On the dozen-track CD, the band traverses arena rock territory from Joan Jett (a nice cover of the Runaways' Cherry Bomb), Cheap Trick and the big ROCK sound the Donnas have been trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to capture on their last few albums.

The Cleveland trio is made up of guitarist and lead vocalist Rose Kuhel, bassist Danielle Zilke and Holly Manning on drums. Its songs, written primarily by Kuhel, all have a strong melodic base and are packed with power chords, peppy key modulations and layers of backing ooohs and aahhs.

Musically, Rebel Girl screams 1980s (I Need You could be a lost Poison song and for once, I mean that as a compliment) and Kuhel's songs cover the usual topics, such as screwy and obsessive love, but also serious subjects such as isolation and suicide on the midtempo Runnin' Scared and the self-loathing of Animal.

The CD is fairly slick production-wise, with layered guitar and vocals, but I'll assume that live, the group is much more power trio than arena rock band. Also on the bill will be the aptly named Lake Effects and the Kellys.

-By Malcolm X Abram - Akron Beacon Journal

"3 Chords and the Truth"


Three chords and the truth: After briefly dropping out of the Northeast Ohio music scene when her early '90s band Cherry Bomb called it quits, singer-guitarist Rose Kuhel experienced a rejuvenated rock spirit when she hooked up with bassist Danielle Zilke and drummer Holly Manning to form Rebel Girl. In the past year, the trio has remained active, incessantly performing and recording their debut effort, "Old Enough to Know Better, Too Young to Care." Produced by erstwhile Warrant frontman Janie Lane, the punk-based album, which was released in December, is a cross between Joan Jett and Tom Petty. "It's basic rock 'n' roll," said Cleveland native Kuhel, who now lives in Akron. "Everything has been very positive. I'm more into songwriting than anything else. As far as saying what kind of music we are, I'd say a modern Johnny Cash-type. We're more storytellers." Rebel Girl, which already has started writing material for its next album, is scheduled to play at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at The Lime Spider, 203 S. Main St., Akron. Tickets are $5 ($8 under 21). Call 330-762-2350.

--John Benson - Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Old Enough to Know Better, Too Young to Care"


In addition to winning the Myspace Finals Battle in its first year as a band, this '80s-influenced girl rock group has been hard at work recording its full-length debut, Old Enough to Know Better, Too Young To Care. The first track,"U Got It," is accompanied by gypsy-like music and vocals suggestive of Joan Jett. Tracks like "All of My Life" and "Any Other Fool" are piano-based pop-rock gems and show the band's ability to cross genres. Throw in the fact that Warrant's Jani Lane produced the album and Jack Ponte of Alice Cooper fame wrote one of the tracks and what you've got is rock history in the making.

— Stephen Tompkins
- The Cleveland Free Times

"Rebel Girl: Don't Give A Damn About Their Grrrl Reputation"

(excerpt from Skope Magazine / December 2006 Issue)

Not quite the Donnas, and more Ramones than Bikini Kill, the all-female rock trio Rebel Girl play off two disparate sounds on their debut album. The first few songs come across as their name might suggest--light Riot Grrrl with heavy drums and guitar--but by the fifth track something unexpected happens: their sound goes unmistakably pop (complete with a string of "na-na-nas"). Once playing under the name Sugar, the ladies of Rebel Girl offer the saccharine side of rock rebellion with no excuses or apologies................Though a sexual pun at this point might be amusing, let's just say that Kuhel's resemblance to a tattooed Chrissie Hynde, Zilke's punked out bobbysoxer look, and Manning's tomboy appeal all give male listeners plenty of superficial reasons to attend live shows. But thankfully, Rebel Girl's act is more than an image. With songs focused heavily on harmonizing (each member provides vocals) and unafraid to write catchy hooks supported by solid playing--or slowing things down in songs like "Any Other Fool"--Rebel Girl is a strong act that lives up to their several influences.

--Len Sousa - Skope


12 song CD (2006) "Old Enough to Know Better, Too Young to Care"



Rebel Girl is Rock History in the Making!

Cleveland based power trio Rebel Girl is poised to make rock-n-roll history in 2007. In their first year
as a band, they won Cleveland’s Battle for Myspace competition, released their debut album, and were awarded the title of Punk Band of the Year in The Cleveland Free Times Music Awards.
Rebel Girl’s music features tight instrumental work in addition to well-crafted lyrics that are a refreshing change from the beat driven melodies performed by many of today’s artists.
Written by lead vocalist / guitarist Rose Kuhel, their songs evoke a wide array of feelings, emotions, and journeys through life that everyone can relate to. Bass player Danielle Zilke and drummer Holly Manning round out the line-up of this talented and energetic group. ‘Re-inventing chick rock’, is what this band is all about, but Rebel Girl is more than just Rose, Danielle, and Holly, it’s the sum of the parts that come together when all three perform. Although their individual influences range from family, to Bruce Lee, to diverse genres of music, as a group they find common ground in their own music.
Drawing on an arsenal of catchy and powerful songs, Rebel Girl is armed and ready to take on the world!