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"Jet Black and Bleached Review"


White Noise, Rubber Heart /Jet Black And Bleached

Dundee duo, Leatherettes, have been scaring and enthralling live audiences over the last year or so.
They employ similar tools to Dirtblonde; rudimentary percussion, jagged guitars and raw vocals but Bekka's
voice has a real sense of edginess to it. 'Asylum' builds
into a good chorus though the production sounds a little
subdued forcing me to turn up the volume several notches.
'Shoot To Thrill' is pure, unadulterated bratty punk-pop
with its howled vocal, razor sharp guitar and basic but
effective beats. Bekka sounds out on a limb as she yells
'I wanna break down barriers' before launching into the
biting but playful chorus:

You got a pistol You shoot to kill I've got a 45 I shoot to thrill.

Leatherettes are truly in love with the trashier end of
pop culture. '66 Miles' sounds like an unholy alliance of
Suicide with guitars and T-Rex on bad drugs.
'Mickey and Minnie' is such a wonderful, catchy
dumb song reimagining the much loved cartoon characters
as the stars of a contemporary version of Badlands as Bekka
screams and squawks 'Run, run away with me little
Mickey / Rock, rock away with me little Minnie'.
'Telephone Wires' sees the introduction of a bass guitar.
Oh the sell-outs. And it clocks in at just over five minutes,
which, in the world of the Leatherettes is akin to prog-rock.
In reality though 'Telephone Wires' has a cool groove
interspersed with economical bursts of guitar and a desperate,
panicked sounding vocal. Final song, 'You Stole The Fuck'
still reminds me obtusely of the Lounge Lizards weird take on
"Money' with its curious rhythm track and scratchy guitar
in the chorus, especially in the sparse
'You stole the fuck from me / So fuck me some more' passages. Leatherettes areā€¦ well more twisted geniuses really.

Dirtblonde and Leatherettes operate in a twilight world
where the canonical bands are not the Beatles or
Beach Boys and their heirs but the Cramps, 60s garage punk,
The Stooges, Pussy Galore, The Kills, mid 70s New York punk.
An imagined place where music can offend and inspire not simply
end up as incidental music in a mall or on football highlights.
And for this, and their winning ways with the primitive, primeval riff
and hook, I salute them. Turn up the treble and pass the
amphetamine please!

Andy Wood

- Is this music?


Telephone Wires - "Fresh Weird and Wonderful" compilation (Pistol Records) August 2007

Split mini album "Jet Black and Bleached" - May 2007

Free download - "Johnny Thunders EP" - June 2007
(Filthy Little Angels Records)



The Leatherettes formed in Dundee, Scotland in 2005. Becca Bomb and Johnny Howl met at a nightclub in 2004 and with a shared passion and taste , soon decided they had to create some rock n roll of their own. They later would meet Duncan Destruction who now joins them on drums.

They released a 6 track split LP "Jet Black and Bleached" with Dirtblonde in May 2007 through indie label Filthy Little Angels.

The band are currently recording a new EP which will be released in 2009.


"scuzzy fuzzy rockers"
-Plan B Radio

"slice of punk action that mixes the rawness of late seventies NYC punk, the
attitude of late seventies UK punk, the psychdeleic fuzz-punk of Jesus and Mary
Chain and comes out winning."
-Andy G - Dead Earnest

"think Poison Ivy (The Cramps) fronting Suicide or an alloy of Erase Errata and
The Kills . This is dirty electro punk that pulses with urgency and youthful
energy and kicks you in the solar plexus like a young Bruce Lee."
-The Devil

"The Leatherettes have arrived to burn holes in your brain. The duo of Johnny Howl and singer Becca Bomb create stripped backed fuzzed up guitar noize. A mix of The Cramps and The Jesus And Mary Chain,
The Leatherettes are everything we need in music."
- Rick Fulton
The Daily Record