ACT - "Master Plan / Tacoma"
LOS ANGELES READER (February 22, 1991) - "Beyond the Alternative"
You don't always have to send halfway around the globe for recordings by
groups that perform in your own backyard, however. The Riot Act
(no relation to -- and, in fact, much more earth-shattering than -- the Universal
Studios Tour attraction) is a hard-working local foursome that crystallizes
influences from vntage garage punk to seventies glam to various area icons
into its richly rebellious Master Plan single (Trigon).
Singer-guitarist Carmin includes herself out of wicked schemes on the
tough-minded title track, marked by axeman Mike's (the jacket only lists
first names) crunchy riffs. Turn it over for the standout "Tacoma,"
a fiercely sonic dirge for a local scene that lived too long, and too
L.A. MUSIC SCENE
The Riot Act are without question on of L.A.'s 6 or 7 best bands...far more
interesting than most of the sonic sludge fouling radio station playlists.
They're an elemental R&R band inspired by Patti Smith, the Ramones
and NRBQ. Singer Carmen Hillebrew belts out throaty, heartfelt vocals,
working herself into such a frenzy that she cannot speak with people immediately
after a gig. This kind of enthusiasm spills over to the crowd...a
first-class R&R show that will not disappoint. This is a band poised
to take off, one that should have been signed a long time ago.
King-hell garage rockin' from the biggest Sonics fans this side of Oregon.
Pure R&R from all-around "I Love Rock 'n Roll" kinda gal Carmen
Hillebrew and her ballsy rockers. Carmen is the queen of garage grunge
and contender for the Joan Jett Rockin' Award for the best female singer
/ songwriter / guitarist on the Hollywood club scene (not to mention her
great taste in music!)...hardcore, raunchy, and fast."
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