Published Oct 30, 2007"No more than anyone elses, laughs Hide Your Daughters vocalist Jeff LaPlante when asked about how dysfunctional his relationships are. Formed from current and/or ex-members of Winnipeg death machines Meatrack, Ken Mode and Electroquarterstaff, and even having a member of the legendary Kittens pass through their ranks, Hide Your Daughters have garnered infamy for both their momentous musical attack and LaPlantes often brutally honest but humorously twisted lyrical takes on interacting with the opposite sex. Their first release in 2004 on No List was, after all, dubbed Twisted and Distorted Gender Relations 101. It was a dark, twisting slab of noise that recalled departed country sludge heroes Kittens while pulling no punches lyrically, living up to its title.
Their new release, The Teen Girls Guide To Social Success, is an easy album of the year candidate, featuring a more refined but no less powerful and catchy mix of HYDs rock fury, metallic force, weirdly dissonant leads floating above the mix, and singer Jeff Laplantes intensely personal, fractured lyrical take. "Ive said it before: Im grateful that those guys [in the band] dont really care so much that Im writing pretty personal lyrics, comments LaPlante. "But its also writing in such a way that it never crosses my mind that its ever going to be read by someone else, even though were performing and recording it.
While some people revel in the role, Laplante doesnt see himself as a spokesman for the romantically disenfranchised or the terminally fucked up. "Im not trying to preach anything. Those [songs] are very tongue in cheek; its not something I hope for anyone specific to read or hear. I just try to treat it like an inside joke. I dont think Im in a position to write lyrics for other people.