Originally published and still available on The Girls Are (13/05/15).
In choosing to live life as a creative, it is pre-empt that change is not inevitable, but essential to survive. In her own battle, Beth Jeans Houghton has had nothing short of a metamorphosis, and whilst it is neither a Miley Cyrus-esque display of attention-grabbing tongue-wagging, nor the flat, faux curveball of radio-darlings Mumford and Sons, it is instead a far more authentic growth that brings Houghton closer to her finest form of superhero artiste provocateur.
Of course, a brazen project needs a strong name and Du Blonde fits the bill. Muscular, sassy and perfectly personifying Houghton’s new and ballsy sound, Du Blonde pejoratively slays her previous life as the psych-rock chanteuse of her band, The Hooves Of Destiny. Her first work under her new moniker is essentially a rediscovery, with Welcome Back To Milk being a bullet of spiky rock that tears through speakers. One listen to the audacious swagger of single ‘Black Flag’ proves that Houghton means business, the pound and squeal of various instruments permeating into the thunderous ‘Chips To Go’ where Houghton unveils her vocal dexterity in equal measure. She croons and screeches though a mere two-minute burst of energy, and talking of such, this collection is full of them.
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