Released October 18, 2013 (Sister Hyde)
01. On The Rails
02. I’m Not Your Canine
03. Cock Of The Town
04. Death City
05. Wanna Have Sex With You
06. Peter Pan Syndrome
07. Journey To The Center Of The Earth
08. Little Miss Mousetrap
09. Sex Change
10. High Maintenance Bitch
Hyde – vocals and lead guitar
Joe Puerta – bass
Brian Nolan – drums
Mitch Sidwell – guitar
Produced by Jack Letourneau.
Sister Hyde‘s latest album Sex Change starts off with a bang during “On The Rails”, but several parts of the disc go completely off the railway tracks. It is an album that is as odd and it’s cover artwork, and completely unpredictable throughout.
“On The Rails” is a hard-hitting and sleazy track that displays frontman Hyde‘s rough vocal delivery and considerable guitar chops, and is a great opener. “I’m Not Your Canine” is lyrically off the wall, even coming complete with barking, howling, growling, etc. (you get the drift) — I actually laughed out loud while listening to it, but that doesn’t mean it’s beastly. After the forgettable two minute punk driven “Cock Of The Town”, the album hops back on the rock train with the pounding “Death City” — a song complete with backing vocals that are similar to AC/DC, although they tend to be a bit too far in the background.
The title of the Rolling Stones sounding “Wanna Have Sex With You” kind of says it all, as the lyrics are silly and immature in an amusing way. And not to be outdone with the barking on “I’m Not Your Canine”, this track includes ‘ah, ah, ahhh’ sex sounds — in case we didn’t get the idea of what the song is about. “Peter Pan Syndrome” is the total dud on Sex Change because of a seemingly never ending, ending — during the final 30 seconds you wish you could get that time back. The runner-up in the dud stakes would be the bizarre “Little Miss Mousetrap”, which has an exaggerated spin on the vocals — something that could work in a live setting, but here it just sounds weird.
“Journey To The Center Of The Earth” reminds me of a fuzzed out and dirty rendition of “Tobacco Road”, especially in the guitar department at times. Meanwhile the oddball pop-rock title track would be right at home in a camp stage musical like ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ — it is nit-witty yet catchy and gets stuck in your head, but I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing!
Singer Hyde undoubtedly has versatile pipes, ranging from ‘rocky’ to sometimes just plain peculiar — because of this I get the impression that this Canadian outfit would be very theatrical and fun live. Hyde said in an interview that the band don’t take themselves too seriously, which is just as well as I’m not sure anyone else should either. Sex Change is a kooky concoction, but it’s not wretched — it’s actually kind of fun at times and definitely contains an eclectic mix of songs, almost tailor made for the soundtrack to a seedy brothel.
Reviewed by Tania for Sleaze Roxx, April 2014