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Hooks and bite abound on Welsh punks’ second album

Joanna Gruesome

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You know the feeling when your friend falls apart because she didn’t get invited to the cool party tonight, while you explain there is no cool party tonight? Finally, a punk-rock song to address this trauma: “There Is No Function Stacy,” just one of the gems on Joanna Gruesome’s fantastic racket of a second album. These Welsh kids don’t waste any time: 10 noise-pop songs in 22 minutes, all bubblegum hooks and guitar explosions, even kickier than 2013’s ace debut, Weird Sister. The sublimely saucy Alanna McArdle blows barbed-wire kisses to the world. If you’re into “Psykick Espionage,” all she has to tell you is “Honestly Do Yr Worst.” And make no mistake, bub — her worst beats yours.

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