San Francisco's mutton-chopped rockers SO WHAT hark back to the days of catchy, assembly-line pop — when bubblegum bands like THE EQUALS and 1910 FRUITGUM COMPANY rightfully topped the charts. Nonetheless, SO WHAT temper the saccharine qualities of those groups with a punk and glitter-influenced sneer, incorporating lots of tom heavy beats, snotty vocals and distorted guitars.
The result is not unlike SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS covering KASENETZ-KATZ: a stomping, sing-along good time. A-side "What You Do To Me," a gritty rocker with melodic Townshend-ian backups, is worth the price of admission alone.
1) What You Do To Me
2) Creeper Joe