On record: Rock Product, by Mommy Long Legs 

Seattle’s Mommy Long Legs plays self-described “fart core,” which is a pretty nice way to understand their stomping, romping punk. You can hear the likes of Ricky Wilson and Kate Pierson from the B-52s and Billy Childish and Holly Golightly from Thee Headcoats and Thee Headcoatees in their tunes, which have big, flatulently fuzzy bass notes punctuating everything, and generally make a person want to pogo. Maybe it’s the grainy aesthetic or the Barbie doll destruction or the syncopated garage crunch of the song, but their video for “Bitch Island” evokes Thee Headcoats’ “Girl of Matches” video. That 1990 release opened my eyes to the fact that there are adult people in the world making amazing low-budget music and videos, and while I don’t want to speculate about their DNA, there’s something just as exciting about the stuff Mommy Long Legs is doing.

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If there were a continuum of recent Seattle rock bands, at one end would be Chastity Belt, with its refined, sardonic humor, and at the other would be Tacocat, with its more direct, earthier vibe. I’d put Mommy Long Legs well toward the Tacocat end of that spectrum. It’s music rooted in fun, with danceable melodies and awesome energy. The inclusion of a cover of the Cramps’ “People Ain’t No Good,” complete with Poison Ivy declaring that she’s the “queen of rock and roll,” shores up my fandom. And even without the cues to remind me of past music, I appreciate the engaging urgency of this group.

Mommy Long Legs plays the ZACC Below Mon., June 5, at 7 PM, with Rock & Roll Girlfriend and Mossmouth. $5.

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