Review: STNNNG – “Dignified Sissy”

The aptly named frontman Chris Besinger unfurls the D.C.-punk narrative bark that serves as the backbone of Dignified Sissy but each member of the tightly wound Twin Cities quintet seems more than willing to contribute to their debut full-length’s venomous bite.

Over the course of14 too-short songs, the group doesn’t perform a two-guitar, 100-proof brand of angular punk as much as it unleashes it. Distorted but carefully mapped guitar lines slash and stab at listeners’ ears, weaving around each other before they crash into a pummeling wall of percussion or Besinger roars into the spotlight.

“How To Avoid An Assassination” may prove these guys own well-worn copies of In On The Kill Taker while standout tracks like “My Golden Oldie,” which begins and ends with the same rusted-razor-on-chalkboard guitar squalor, feel downright violent. And, in one of the group’s more pointed and political moments, who’s not going to scream along when Besinger greets a mounting crescendo by screaming, “We’ve got a new national anthem! Aren’t you glad to be in America?! We’re all fucking crazy!” Punk Planet, May/June 2006

About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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