Huggy Bear

Something that rocks. Blistering, brutal, a boulder rolling down a mountain to pound you flat, splat. No joke: this Brighton-based riot grrrl's band's debut, Taking the Rough with the Smooch, is twelve tracks and a touch over twenty minutes. It comes fast and hard, no warning, no ease-in.

Vitriolic and crooked, a beat-up and battered five-piece furiously blasting through a set with their instruments ablaze.