Sharp Violet – ‘Black Widow’ (Single Review)

Sharp Violet are a Riot Rock band from Long Island. I discovered them through twitter. (Follow them at @SharpVioletNY and me at @grrrlswithguita) ‘Black Widow’ begins with a sexy bassline, before the rest of the band chimes in with plodding tomtom heavy drums, babydoll gorgeous vocals and distorted guitars. I really love the vocals and the only singer I can compare¬†Liz to is the singer of my ex-band KillerDolls, Bianca Honey. She sounds almost bored though, which is cool. She describes seduction, the thrill of the chase from the point of view of a black widow spider. “Pucker up for my venomous bite.” Post-punk guitars take over reminding me of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Wire. Then the hook-worthy kick ass chorus comes in and I am singing along. I love the general vibe of this music. It’s hard to put into words, but the lack of accomplishment adds bucket-loads of charm that virtuoso players completely lack. Maybe it’s because you believe them more. Maybe it’s because I love DIY punk and homemade things so much more than the¬†glossy over-production of mindless forgettable so-called ‘perfect’ music. But ‘Black Widow’ is one of the best songs I’ve heard in a while and that’s partly down to the delivery by this awesome band from New York. Listening to them reminds me of being in a New Wave Grunge band I was in with that singer I mentioned. Though it ended badly, I still get the odd pang of nostalgia for it at times like this, when I hear something that captures a similar sound and vibe.

Here are the lyrics so you can crank it up to eleven and sing along:

Watch your back boy
I’m ready to attack
super quick yet I’m taking my time
I’m hanging by a thread
Dangling at the end
I’m gonna make you mine
Yea I’m gonna make you mine

Chorus:
Spinning a web of lies
stitched in silk it’s the greatest disguise
Advancing towards you for your demise
Pucker up for my venomous bite 3x

In for the kill
This is not a drill
A love spell disaster
I’m descending faster
I’m gonna make you mine
Yea I’m gonna make you mine

Chorus:
Spinning a web of lies
stitched in silk it’s the greatest disguise
Advancing towards you for your demise
Pucker up for my venomous bite 3x

Eight lashes batting
Are you mesmerized?
You’ve entered my trap
It’s time to claim my prize
Playing with your head
Love you til you’re dead
I’m gonna make you mine
Yea I’m gonna make you mine

Chorus:
Spinning a web of lies
stitched in silk it’s the greatest disguise
Advancing towards you for your demise
Pucker up for my venomous bite 3x

‘Black Window’ is out now to buy from Bandcamp

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