Erin Bennett - Post Sexy Post Truth Album Review - Ross Green

Without making this a political/social piece, it’s well documented that women in rock are in a vast minority. Once you go past the obvious names, both bands and individuals doesn’t make a massive list compared to the men. Enter Boudicca Records as they attempt to make women in rock heard.

Thankfully, they’re a discerning bunch as Erin Bennett and her band are a talented bunch, and Boudicca haven’t just gone “She’s a female making rock music, let’s put it out”. Quality control has been asserted. The first noticeable part of the album is its production. Recording “live” rather than piecing everyone’s efforts together, it gives off that warmer feel that you just can’t get with the usual approach found nowadays. Not only that, it shows off how tight a live band they are.

Firmly planting its feet in the hard rock camp, Post Sexy, Post Truth eschews the standard sounds you’d hear from an album in 2018. Guitars are subdued, electronic arrangements feature and there’s melodies from keyboards, synths, harmonium and even Hammond organ. Bennett’s guitar work itself doesn’t even draw massively from the usual well of suspects. As modern rock bands take from today’s big names like Alter Bridge, Shinedown and Black Stone Cherry or try to reinvent AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses and Led Zeppelin for the millionth time, Bennett’s made something truly original and dare I say it, the first foray into the next modern sound.

Vocally, it’s a very throaty delivery. Almost like LIzzy Hale at her gnarliest in their very early days if you can find the old EPs. Smoky and gravelly, there’s great range on display with it matching her guitar tone. As that rumbles alongside the bass guitar work from Dog on tracks like “Twofolds the Pain” and “Tension”, there’s a more progressive sound rather than relying on riffs and solos.

Meanwhile as the Hammond brings the intro for “Inanna”, it’s one of the more varied tracks of the album with a funky bass and a high reliance on an electronic sound, it makes for one of the most interesting and indeed, engaging tracks. “Cold and Still” copies this tact but has a more upbeat vibe to it with a fuzzy blues edge to it. “Home” has a dark, grungy tone to it backed with Bennett’s powerful vocals and the contrast between her voice and the music makes the song feel even darker. It’s a concept revisited on “Persephone” and given the namesake, it works perfectly.

Post Sexy, Post Truth turns the hard rock blueprint on its head and more bands should take inspiration from Erin Bennett. There’s a variation of sounds and whilst some elements should be at odds with each other, they come together in a way you wouldn’t expect. Much like Dizzy Reed’s recent solo album, Bennett shows rock music doesn’t need to always be about the guitar.