I like girls with guitars. It's not a fetish thing, it's an empowerment thing. I think parents in America should put guitars in their daughters' hands, the way Russian parents put tennis rackets in theirs. With that in mind, No Limit is the newest six-song offering from female-fronted The Mood Swings.
The ladies play it safe and a little less dirty on the first two tracks. "Simple Things" and "Face the Music" are radio-ready offerings with economic arrangements, strong melodies and nice vocal harmonies. Both are decent pop songs by a good rock band. But as musicians, they sound self-contained in this format â€” like Les Paul girls playing Rickenbackers.
If the first two songs are a good girl's night in, the rest are a bad girl's night out. They ditch their pop sensibilities and open up "Identity" with a kick drum and a harmonic-laden guitar riff. "You'll never take our identity" is chanted like tough, fist-in-the-air schoolgirls smoking Marlboros in the parking lot. Deep, breathy vocals switching to a Kim Shattuck snarl are heard on their cover of "Want Need Love" by The Pandoras. And then the ladies let their psychedelia shine on the record's title track, and on "You Had It All." The reverb, layered tracks and heavy feedback put the psychedelic stamp on these two songs that coexist in spacey, symbiotic disharmony.
The remainder of the record is remixes of the album's tracks by some of the band's local pals. Ruby Isle, Dalida, Knobby (Polara), DJ Christian Fritz and Christian Erickson (Astronaut Wife) lend their stylistic interpretations to the No Limit songs. Arguably, the remixes are filler, but the new songs highlight Ashley Prenzlow's and Sallie Watson's vocal range and prove that their harmonizing is one of the band's major strengths.