Valentiine: Valentiine

Hrrrd-rrrcking Aussie grrrls’ riotous reproductions.

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Their press bumf claims that Melbourne’s all-girl trio Valentiine “reincarnate the heavy ’90s”. ‘Reproduce’ would be a more pertinent verb – this debut is a re-run of Hole/L7/The Breeders with only the faintest of contemporary twists.

There’s plenty of attitude. Chucky, their first single, is about throwing up after a heavy night, while Hates Me taps some genuine teen angst. But although such introspection might feel fresh to Valentiine – whose surly gazes from behind their plastic shades betray their youth – they are hardly new to those who recall L7 hurling tampons into the crowd or Courtney Love grandstanding her way through the grunge years.

Valentiine can write a tune, but they need to find a voice, and – more importantly – a worldview that they can fully inhabit.

Jon Hotten is an English author and journalist. He is best known for the books Muscle: A Writer's Trip Through a Sport with No Boundaries and The Years of the Locust. In June 2015 he published a novel, My Life And The Beautiful Music (Cape), based on his time in LA in the late 80s reporting on the heavy metal scene. He was a contributor to Kerrang! magazine from 1987–92 and currently contributes to Classic Rock. Hotten is the author of the popular cricket blog, The Old Batsman, and since February 2013 is a frequent contributor to The Cordon cricket blog at Cricinfo. His most recent book, Bat, Ball & Field, was published in 2022.