Rock at Night Magazine - Vlad T., June 3, 2021
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"NYC-based Ridiculous B!tch is the product of two showbiz veterans who have been involved in many sides of the rock and media industries. With the entertainment industry’s pandemic-forced hiatus, principals Karen Xerri and Jimmie Marlowe found a need to channel their restlessness and energies.
Enter the highly theatrical affair of the duo’s eponymous EP."
"Frontwoman Xerri keeps you on edge with the sassy voice and vaguely sinister atmosphere of the likes of Eartha Kitt and performance artist Peaches, all buffeted by the charged instrumental stylings of Marlowe."
"Tracks like the highlight “Forget Murder” give this reviewer the sense that he’s again in a charged East Village cabaret, not daring to leave until the house lights come on. I could picture this duo performing a reimagining of Sweeney Todd—and getting away with it."
"Worth adding to your playlist."
"Encompassing seven tracks, the EP begins with “Forget Murder,” opening on a muscular rhythm topped by beefy glam-rock-flavored guitars, throbbing with dark, edgy colors. Xerri’s snarling, riot-grrrl-like voice infuses the lyrics with sybaritic femme fatale textures, at once nasty and serrated."
"... highlights include “Blackout,” traveling on sleazy, bluesy hues accented by lysergic shimmers. When the guitar takes on gravelly growling shades, the tune undulates with dangerous energy as Xerri’s yummy, grimacing timbres give the lyrics blistering, rasping luster."
"Brimming with pop-punk savors, “Tall Tales” rides a punchy, driving rhythm topped by Xerri’s sassy vocals, ranging from soft and melodic to caustic inflections. “Joker” blends the raw austerity of the White Stripes with the thrumming clout of Lady Gaga, while Xerri’s wicked, deep tones infuse the lyrics with portentous, mysterious tints."
The final track, “Best Face,” rolls out on low-slung, muted gleams of coloration as Xerri’s hushed, delicious voice instills the lyrics with trickling, voluptuous surfaces. Then the guitars mousse up, while glossy layers of synths stream overhead, filling the tune with symphonic, alluring layers of luminous sound."
"Skintight, taut with primordial patterns, and gravitational tones, the icing on the cake called Ridiculous B!tch is the bravura voice of Karen Xerri."
"Ridiculous B!tch, the swaggering, glitzy offspring of Xerri and Marlowe, boils elements of alt-pop, pop-punk, glam rock, punk, and pop-rock into visceral sonic meat batters tinged with avant-garde and art-pop spatters.
Both Marlowe and Xerri are classically trained multi-instrumentalists. Up until Ridiculous B!tch, Marlowe swam in the waters of glam-rock, melodic pop-rock, and hard rock, while Xerri immersed herself in pop-rock and electronica. The two cite influences such as Foxy Shazam, Biffy Clyro, Patti Smith, Bowie, Devo, PJ Harvey, Van Morrison, Peaches, Nick Cave, Portishead, and Lightnin’ Hopkins. Quite an eclectic array."