Two Tears, Little Tea

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

What do you do after helping found two of the better California punk-revival bands of the ’90s? Move to Dubai, of course. At least that's what Kerry Davis did after the dissolution of the Red Aunts and Beehive and the Barracudas. The move to the Middle East hasn't softened up her approach, though — it's just pared it down to the essentials. Most songs on her second album, Little Tea, feature a guitar, drums, vocals and little else. It's an approach that works much in the same way that the Evens works for Ian Mackaye: Davis takes her limited means and makes the most of them. On “So Pretty” she grinds a riff straight into your skull with a craftsman's precision over its one-minute-and-change run time, while the cover of ESG classic “Moody” is perhaps the slinkiest version of it yet — just be sure to hold on once you get to that chorus.