Review by David Cirone
TsuShiMaMiRe hits hard. For over a decade, they’ve firmed up their worldwide fan base by proving they can jam, no gimmicks, no holds barred. From large stages to sweaty shitholes, they’ve earned their cred time and time again by blasting any expectation of “cute Japanese girls with guitars” straight to pieces. (Plus they had the guts to add a glittery punk shine to the Powerpuff Girls for the Japanese TV release.) Through multiple label changes that led them to form their self-produced label Mojor Records, the all-girl punk-pop group is unstoppable and as fierce as ever in their 20-song compilation release MaMiRe.
The tracks on MaMiRe are smartly arranged out of chronological order, leading off with newer material like “Jaguar” and “Speedy Wonder.” With a good chunk of their recent catalog available in the U.S. via Good Charamel Records, the newer stuff will be most familiar (and most accessible) to recent fans. Nimble guitar work (check the lead-off on “J-Pop”) by vocal/guitarist Mari combined with her light airy voice (always on the brink of freaking-the-fuck-out) is TsuShiMaMiRe’s hallmark. They want to keep you guessing from start to finish. Case-in-point: Mari’s shredding guitar solo on “Time Lag” slips into a slow groove layered with sultry, torch-song seduction.