|Sassy Diggin' Deep Into Their Musical Roots|
|Written by Donnie G.|
What can you say about two very talented female performers who list among their influences The White Stripes, The Andrew Sisters, Tammy Wynette and Kiss? Based out of San Francisco, Sassy has become a very pleasant mystery for me since Kaytea of XO Publicity sent me their latest release, “Diggin’ Deep.” This collection of garage / punk / new wave songs contained everything that was exciting about The Runaways, The Revillos and The Strawberry Zots, with one number taking me back to the present with The Raveonettes. While doing this, their material maintained a bluesy-base at times with a contemporary feel.
While visiting www.myspace.com/sassytheband , I discovered that Lynda Mandolyn (guitars / vocals) and Christa DiBiase (drums / vocals) are sometimes known as Trixie Delicious and Kitty Largewood. Mandolyn was a member of Fabulous Disaster, whom has toured with NOFX and The Dickies. Both women appeared to have made their presence known within the punk scene and their collective experience shows on “Diggin’ Deep.”
While this collection of get-off-your-ass ballsy blues-punk is solid from the first cut to the last, “So Bad It’s Good,” “Something About You” and “It Really Hurts” are my favorites. However, let me not forget to mention “Be Alright,” which is a very strong Raveonettes-like psychedelic trip.
Mandolyn and DiBiase have the knack of making 2 musicians sound like 4. Released on Good Trouble Records, Donny Newenhouse should get props for his work behind the board. If “lol” can be added into the dictionary as an update, then Ryan Hungerford’s artwork should be included alongside the definition of “sassy.” If you like The Donnas, or anyone else I mentioned in this piece, then you owe it to yourself to check out Sassy. What The Ramones started early on is now being brought to a new level by Sassy.