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Twenty-five years ago, all it took was two chords (maybe in tune) and a microphone to be a punk band -- a great punk band. But the rules have changed; fans still crave the barefaced passion but have come to expect something more in the music.


Like At the Drive-In and Pretty Girls Make Graves, L.A. band Mika Miko is a fiercely independent modern punk band. The songs on the band's debut, C.Y.S.L.A.B.F., center on the shared screaming duties of Jenna Thornhill and Jennifer Clavin, held in place (sloppily at times, but isn't that the point?) by drummer Kate Hall and the frenetic guitar of Michelle Suarez. 


But this is not a post-punk band, and songs such as "End of Time" and "Take it Serious" may disappoint those looking for something else. These are punk songs, all D.I.Y. passion, totally raw with a big middle finger to melody. Most of the album is like this, though "Capricorinations" recalls a frenetic, danceable Clash, and there are some subtleties, such as the keyboard in "Chron Liar" and the intertwining guitar and vocal lines in "The Dress," that come through after repeated listens.


Yeah, there's a limit to how much of this you'll be able to take, but it seems Mika Miko anticipated this: All the songs but one are shorter than two minutes, with enough brazen attitude compressed into each one that you'll realize you probably have to see the band live to really get it. 



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