The Julie Ruin: Hit Reset [Album Review]

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thejulieruin-lp1 The Julie Ruin
Hit Reset
Hardly Art Records [2016]

Fire Drill Album Review: When your name is Kathleen Hanna and have a resume that includes Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, do you think it is hard to bring that past energy and punk spirit into another project? The short answer for The Julie Ruin is – NO. Their new album, Hit Reset, is smart, snappy and sassy. It is full of tight songs that let Hanna just run wild and also reduces much of the keyboards that filled the first record. For me, this was a great move as the synths now serve a purpose in the song structures and the fiery punk shoots to top and gathers plenty of steam from the band helping out. One spin through songs like “I Decide,” “Planet You,” Hello Trust No One” and “I’m Done” will be all you need to support The Julie Ruin torch. Even though Hit Reset may not carry the same venom of Hanna’s earlier work – it still states her views on the world, can teach younger artists a lesson and highlights how a good punk song can go a long way!

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– Reviewed by Thomas Wilde

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