SPEAK UP

by PISS ANT

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If there’s one thing more provocative than a punk rock-dominatrix-diva, it’s a punk rock-dominatrix-diva with something to say. On their fourth release entitled Speak Up (STP Records), this veteran L.A. band which features fetish model/genre actress/singer Josi Kat, has produced some of the most anthem-etic, loudest, boldest, rebellious and down right pissed off punk rock songs of their career. In the past Piss Ant was best known for their outrageous stunts on such TV shows as Oxygen Channel’s Girls Behaving Badly, USA Channel’s Friends or Lovers (Where Josi was actually "fired" from the band!) and Comedy Central’s Hollywood Hell House where they posed as a Christian rock band. More recently the band has turned its attention to re-vamping their sound and recording an album’s worth of riff-laden tracks with substantial lyrics such as the title track "Speak Up", "Who To Trust" and "Public Opinion."
Produced by Piss Ant guitarist FossFace, Speak Up features vocals by Josi Kat and Ray Zor arranged at times in a point/counter point manner with back up vocals by bass player Cheyne Bastard. Ray Zor’s gruff vocals are well complimented by Josi’s trademark she-devil snarl which wail over the loud, aggressive but still melodic guitar work. While the band may have toyed with metal and hard rock conventions in the past, Speak Up reveals itself to be, ultimately, a tough sounding and well produced punk rock album. Appropriately enough, the album includes a compelling cover of Penetration’s first single "Don’t Dictate", which underscores the band’s classic punk influences.
Songs on Speak Up were mainly written by Josi and Fossface with additional song writing by Cheyne Bastard and departed drummer Ray Zor, who wrote and sang lead on "Public Opinion." Ray Zor has since been replaced by two new members, veteran punk rock singer Jeremy Sandeen, who has been signed to Mystic, Sibling and Geffen Records and played with Bitch and B9 and drummer Jimmy Wooten who has toured with many accomplished acts.
All Speak Up CD and cover artwork are original paintings by James Lee Stewart (RedArtbyJames.com) and the album will be available for download and on CD on STP Records, home of Vice Squad, Dragster and 4 Past Midnight.

-Bob Cantu (Baby Jeepers fanzine)

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released 01 March 2011

JOSI KAT - VOCALS
RAY SOLOWIJ - VOCALS, DRUMS, GUITARS
FOSSFACE - GUITARS
CHEYNE BASTARD - BASS
ABE RODRIGUES - DRUMS

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Track Name: SPEAK UP
If You Held It Under Your Breath
Then You Haven’t Said Anything Yet
But Don’t Try To Play It Cool
Like You’ve Laid Down All The Rules

If You’ve Got Something To Say
Let’s Hear What You’ve Got To Say
Speak Up Bitch

I Held It Under My Breath
Not Going To Say Anything Yet
I’m Just Going To Play It Cool
Cause I’m About To Break All The Rules
Track Name: WHO TO TRUST
Tripped On My Tongue Today - But I Said What I Had To Say it Might Seem Mean - Or It's Not Your Scene I’m Not Trying To Be Supreme When I Say We Need To Be A Team-Now I Just Wanna Scream - Don't Step On My Dream
And There's Still - The Rent To Pay

Some Days You Wanna Go Nuts
Other Days It's Worth The Fuss
Every Day We Still Get Up
You Don’t Know Who To Trust

The Landlord Has It Out For Me –
Keeps Taking All My Green
Seems I'm Swimming Upstream –
Gotta Think Of Another Scheme
To Come Out Clean
And There's Still – There’s Still
The Rent To Pay

I Don’t Want To Be Naive –
Or Leave It On My Sleeve
Now I Wanna Just Scream –
It’s Not My Scene
I’m Not Trying To Be Supreme When I Say We Need To Be A Team – Gotta Think Of Another Scheme To Come Out Clean
And There's Still The Rent To Pay
Track Name: LAST CALL
Vibrate – No Hate – I Don’t Wake
Trance State – Long Wait – Masturbate
Ringin’ – I Don’t Hear – Am I Here
Bringin’ Up – All My Fears – All My Fears

This Could Be The Last Call

Tick Tock On The Big Clock – I Lost My Watch
I See You Pointing Away – From The Flock
Singin’ – I Don’t Hear – Do I Fear
Throwin’ Up – All My Fears – All My Fears

Stayed Up To The Light Of Day-Can't Keep Nausea At Bay-Jack Hammer In My Head-Night Of The Livin' Dead-Blew Chunks In My Hair-Where's My Underwear?
Track Name: KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES'
Hey! Hey! Hey!
Rockwellian Or Reaganite?
Got 2.5 Kids To Feed Tonight
It’s Perfect Saturday Let’s BBQ
Sold Out To Everything
Nothing Else To Do

Keepin’ Up With The Jones
Coulda Been The Smiths Or Maybe The Stones

Say Hello To The Neighbors Wife
Got My John Deer No More Strife
Hey Hello, How Are You?
Tired Of Being Betrayed
Tired Of Being Screwed

Keepin’ Up With The Jones
Pink Flamingos And Garden Gnomes

Rockwellian Or Reaganite?
Got 2.5 Kids To Feed Tonight
It’s Perfect Saturday Let’s BBQ
Sold Out To Everything
Nothing Else To Do

Keepin’ Up With The Jones
Tried To Be Cool, Maybe I’m Stoned
Keepin’ Up With The Jones
With The Jones
Track Name: PUBLIC OPINION
Singing The Blues – Said On The News
Getting The Public Opinion
Could Be Shrewd – Maybe I’m Screwed
In The Public Opinion

Is It Who I Know – Is It In My Soul
Hopefully Losing My Mind
If I Have To Go - I’ll Let You Know
You Won’t Be Far Behind

You Don’t Know – What I Know
You Don’t Know – Where I Go
You Don’t Know – You Don’t Know

The More You Sue – The More You Lose
In The Public Opinion
Your Words Matters Too
But Not It The Public Opinion
Track Name: PACIFY ME
I’m Tuned In To That Glow
I Need You – I Need You
I’m Faithful In That Zone
I Need You – I Need You
Blessed Is The Drone
A 24-7 Jones
It Must Be My Favorite Show

Pacify Me, Pacify Me
Pacify Me Pacify Me
Test A Lie – Test A Lie – Test A Lie

Enslaved Bag Of Bones
I Need You – I Need You
Imprinted In The Foam
I Need You – I Need You
Now I’ll Never Have To Roam
On The Couch With My Tivo
It Must Be My Favorite Show

Pacify Me, Pacify Me
Pacify Me Pacify Me
The Tv Lies – The Tv Lies – The Tv Lies

Somebody’s Knockin’ – They Don’t Understand
Don’t Know Me Better Than The Remote In My Hand

A Pesky Landlord Who Wants Some Rent
Must Be A Mistake I’m Sure It Was Sent

Pizza To The Door
I Need You – I Need You
Springer Give Me More
I Need You – I Need You
What I Really Need
TV Does The Deed
Must Be My Favorite Show
Track Name: ART OF ILLUSION
EVERYBODY NEEDS A NEW ONE OF THESE - BIGGEST CAR,
COOLEST GEAR, THE NEWEST NAME IN JEANS
EVERYBODY NEEDS OR SO IT SEEMS - WE’RE TOLD TO
WANT, WANT, WANT UNTIL IT BLEEDS
CAN YOU PLEASE TELL WHAT I LIKE, CAN YOU PLEASE TELL
ME WHAT TO DRIVE, CAN YOU PLEASE TAKE ANOTHER
RIGHT
THE ART OF ILLUSION
EVERYBODY NEEDS TO HAVE THEIR DREAMS - A BETTER
LIFE - LESS STRIFE OR JUST ENOUGH TO EAT
EVERYBODY DREAMS IN SPITE OF NEEDS - WE’RE TAUGHT
TO NEED, NEED, NEED UNTIL IT BLEEDS
CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHAT TO DRINK, CAN YOU
PLEASE TELL ME WHEN TO THINK, CAN YOU PLEASE TAKE
ANOTHER DREAM
ART OF ILLUSION - MORE MORE WITH A CREDIT CARD
MORE, MORE SHOOT YOUR WAD - MORE MORE FINANCIAL
SCARS - MORE MORE A NEW START
CAN YOU TELL ME BLACK IS WHITE, CAN YOU TELL ME
WHAT CAR TO DRIVE, CAN I SMELL LIKE A MILLION BUCKS
DO YOU REALLY THINK I GIVE A FUCK BIGGER, BETTER,
FASTER, NOW YOU’RE COOL - DO YOU THINK THAT GIRL
REALLY WANTS YOU FOOL - BUY, BUY, BUY, BUY CONFUSION
Track Name: YOUR CHOICE
OHH - OH NO, WHERE DO YOU GO?
SQUEEZE OUT A LIE WHEN YOU JUST DON’T KNOW
OHH - OH NO, HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?
STAY THE PARTY LINE WHEN YOU JUST DON’T KNOW
YOU’VE GOT A CHOICE - YOU’VE GOT A CHOICE
RELIGIOUS BATTLES CONSUME - GIVES FEAR A CHANCE TO BLOOM
LEAVES LOVE LITTLE CHANCE - CAN’T BE ANY GODS PLAN
WOULD IT BE AN EVOLUTION, OR IS IT A REVOLUTION
NOT TO HATE? - WOULD IT BE AN ABERRATION, OR IS IT
A CHOICE OF EXPRESSION NOT TO HATE?
PEOPLE ARE IN THE STREET - MILLIONS NEED FOOD TO EAT
KIDS WITH AIDS WHO SEEK - POLITICIANS THAT WILL SEE
Track Name: SPIN FICTION
FICTION - FICTION
SPIN IT ROUND N ROUND
MEN HAVE TO DIE FOR FREEDOM
WE SHOULD BE FREE TO AIR THAT
FREEDOM
THE NEWS CAN BE SO INSANE
SENSATIONALIZE, THE LAME - A STOCKS
AGENDA, A POLITICAL NEED - DECIDES THE
NEWS AND SAYS IT’S FREE
GREED - FEED IT
THE FCC’S BEEN BOUGHT, BEEN PAID
A CORPORATE BUCK FOR A POLITICAL LAY
CHANGE THE NORM DON’T SUPPORT THE
VAIN
WHO GETS YOUR DOLLAR, YOU CAN SAY
THEY SPIN IT - AND SPIN IT
THEY SAY DIE FOR FREEDOM
BUT WHO DIES FOR FREEDOM
IT’S YOU WHO DIES FOR FREEDOM
SO YOU SHOULD AIR THAT FREEDOM
CHOOSE YOUR NEWS - IF YOU WANT
SOME TRUTH - THEN CHANGE YOUR TUNE
Track Name: WHIPS & CHAINS
SPEAK MY MIND IT’S THROWN IN MY FACE
THE JOKE IN THE MIRROR IS THE SAME ON THE STAGE
THE BLOOD ON MY HANDS CAN YOU TELL IF IT’S FAKE?
BLACK CAT’S CROSSING WON’T LEAVE A TRACE
YOU TALK TOO MUCH CAN’T HEAR WHAT YOU SAY
LOOK ME IN THE EYES, DON’T LOOK THE OTHER WAY
SO MUCH PLEASURE FROM OTHER PEOPLE’S PAIN
YOU’RE THE ONE IN WHIPS AND CHAINS
SPEAK OF RELIGION BUT SPOKEN WITH HATE
CAN’T FIND THE MEANING FROM BEHIND THAT RAGE
THE LESS THAT YOU KNOW THE MORE YOU ENRAGE
HAVE A DRINK WITH ME OR GET OUT OF MY FACE
DROP OF A DIME AND I’M RUNNING OUT OF TIME
CLOUDS IN MY HEAD AND I FORGOT WHAT I SAID
DEATH IS IN THE AIR, BUYER BEWARE
YOU’VE GOT TO GET ME OUT OF BED
‘CAUSE I FORGOT WHAT I DID