The Julie Ruin – Hit Reset
'I stand in the crowd with my hand in my coat at every single show / I just love girl bands... it’s a turn-on – you don’t need to know.' Hey, mister – have you heard? You’ve been rumbled. Just two years after Kathleen Hanna’s Lyme disease forced an unplanned hiatus, The Julie Ruin return in the rudest health. And while Mr So and So shows the gig perv no mercy, elsewhere Hanna’s bonehead-nailing, predudice-lancing manifesto reverberates, as ever, with humanity and truth.
Long-termers will crumple beneath the blunt-force impact of Be Nice, where her breathless delivery still has the power to rattle. But it’s the classic pop vitality of the likes of Rather Not ('If you love me, I’d rather not know') and I Decide (a stinging blast of self-affirmation) that elevates the whole. The protest song as dancefloor filler. The punk singer as pop star. Hit Reset wants it all.