A MERE GLANCE at the miniskirts, beads and flowers on the cover of the Pandoras' "Stop Pretending" tells you this all-female quartet from Los Angeles is keen on the '60s. And the music inside confirms it, with pounding frat-house beats, whining organ lines and fat fuzz guitar riffs -- straight-ahead '60s punk.
So what sets the Pandoras apart from all the other American bands currently reviving the primitive pleasures of this grungy, grassroots rock'n'roll style? Well, it's simply more interesting and even more modern when an all-female band adopts the aggressive punk stance and angry sound that was once the exclusive signature of male frustration and rebellion.
Both the sneering, mocking vocals of lead singer Paula Pierce and her street-wise lyrics, especially in "You're All Talk" and "You Don't Satisfy," are a kick in the face to the male point of view. Fortunately, the Pandoras rock hard and convincingly enough to keep their tough-girl stance believable. They also keep their sound clean and crisp enough to let the pop charms of their best songs, such as "In and Out of My Life," shine.
THE PANDORAS -- "Stop Pretending" (Rhino RNLP-70857); appearing Friday at the 9:30 Club with Tru Fax and the Insaniacs.