Although the purported influences that converged to give rise to this saucy, bar-chord-loving, all-girl pop-punk juggernaut are all over the place (King Crimson, David Bowie, Primus?), Apple Betty remain a band of singular focus. Whether writing about the things that men don’t do (“No Toilet Paper on the Roll”), involuntarily do (“Sweatpant Boner”), or do do (“I Saw a Crime”), these girls stay on message: men suck, but we kind of need them. Of the aforelisted tracks, that last one is our favorite: its harrowing tale of guys unwilling to settle down (imagine!) could be the average rock dude’s worst nightmare, but its razor-sharp hard-candy guitars and layered girl vox could make it the average rock gal’s dream come true. Catch Apple Betty’s release party with Miss Fairchild, the Big Disappointments, and the Quincunx at the Middle East upstairs this Saturday, January 10.
LISTEN: Apple Betty, "I Saw a Crime" (mp3)