9.06.2007

Music Review: Tits of Death

by Stephen Tringali

When an e-mail reading “Tits of Death (Not Spam)” landed in my inbox this summer, I nearly did what anyone might do when receiving that sort of communication. Hit the delete key.

But before banishing Tits of Death from my e-mail inbox forever, I saw that the sender of this e-mail was none other than my former professor and iVoryTowerz editor, Rick Rockwell.

Now, why would he possibly send this to me? As it turns out, Tits of Death are a London-based, all-female quintet of hard, gothic rockers. Must be a joke, right? No band with a name like that can sound any good.

Wrong. Tits of Death sound great. And their first 7” — the A-side a muscular, hook-driven “Iron Nipples” and the B-side a quick and quirky “Diva Breakdown” — goes a long way in proving that, though this band’s façade may be a joke, their song crafting skills aren’t.

But their band formula includes more than just good song craft. It also involves a knowledge of metal ethos plus a sense of pop glee.

Tits of Death couldn’t possibly get away with singing a song like “Iron Nipples” unless they put on black leather costumes and played the part of rock and roll temptresses. And by that same token, these women couldn’t turn heads without their pop hooks.

That all these elements — the gothic costumes, the nihilistic personalities, and the ridiculous lyrics — work together is no accident. Tits of Death have calculated their image in the same way that David Bowie made himself into an otherworldly rock creature and in the same way that Jack White fashioned The White Stripes as an eccentric brother meets innocent sister back porch blues group.

(Graphic courtesy of Tits of Death. To see the band perform "Iron Nipples" please check below.)



Editor's Note: This is the final post on this blog for Stephen Tringali who has been a mainstay of the writing staff from the beginning. Steve will be devoting his time this fall to his relatively new position as Entertainment Editor for The Eagle. Steve leaves quite a legacy of varied postings here including the ever-popular, TV Review: Flight of the Conchords. We wish him well in his future pursuits.




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