released July 5, 2019
Necking is Nada Hayek, Melissa Kuipers, Sonya R and Hannah Karren. Recorded and mixed by Jesse Gander at Rain City Recorders. Mastered by Mikey Young. Photography by Megan-Magdalena. Big thanks to Randy, Adrienne, Ryan, Mariessa, Emiel, everybody at Red Gate, moms, dads, Bandit the cat, friends, exes and beer.
"Vancouver's Necking have spent months telling people that they were a punk rock band, and even though it started out as a joke, they not only became a for-real group, they happen to be a good one to boot. Necking sounded rough but very promising on their debut EP, 2017's Meditation Tape, and they've raised their game considerably on their full LP, 2019's Cut Your Teeth, sounding tougher, tighter, and more emphatic. bassist Sonya Rez and drummer Melissa Kuipers lock in brilliantly and give the performances the hard kick they need, while Nada Hayek's guitar is full of slash and roar, and the keyed-up shout of vocalist Hannah Karren gives her a soapbox while also bringing fire, smarts, and a poison-pen wit to the songs. Necking is a punk band whose worldview is heavily informed by both feminism and sharp wit, and they find humor in the common annoyances of a woman's life in "Big Mouth," "Still Exist," and "Rover." But there's no mistaking their disgust in the anti-glass ceiling diatribe "Boss" and the litany of disrespect to art and culture in "No Playtime." No matter how funny some of this may be, the last thing Necking are trying to do is pass it off as just a joke. Cut Your Teeth is great, passionate, rabble-rousing rock from a group with something to say."
"When Necking aren’t ferociously fighting for the little guy, they’re left with an ever-underrated clean slate, trying to navigate mundane, day-to-day realities and come out the other side...Their frenzied rhythms have a sense of urgency, and their twitchy, melodic guitars utter a threatening “Get out of my way” just as much as an overwhelmed “I’m losing my mind!”