Sex Stains is the appropriately confrontational name for the new rock supergroup fronted by Allison Wolfe of riot grrrl standard-bearers Bratmobile. Wolfe is joined in lead-singing duties by veteran choreographer and artistic director Mecca Vazie Andrews, and the band also includes bassist Pachy Garcia (also in Prettiest Eyes) and alums of Warpaint (drummer David Orlando and Cody ChesnuTT’s Headphone Masterpiece band (guitarist Sharif Dumani).
The group’s initial blast is the scorching 60-second blowout “Don’t Hate Me Cuz I’m Beautiful,” which humorously and affectingly tracks the lifespan of a relationship over its minute-long run-time — beginning with drinks and daydreams and ending with the declaration “Why do I always gotta be happy for you? / It’s not my job anymore!” Even for a punk song, it’s impressively economical, and the tight full-band chug keeps the narrative moving as much as the lyrics.
Listen to the song below, which is the lead single from Sex Stains’ self-titled debut album, out September 2 courtesy of Don Giovanni.