Back on May, 25 1968, Mary Bell strangled a four year old boy to death in Scotswood, England. It was the day before her eleventh birthday. In July, she convinced a friend to help her strangle another boy. He was three. She spent twelve years in prison for the murders because of her incredibly young age, and has lived the rest of her life under a new name. If you'd like to learn more about Mary Bell, My Favorite Murder did a great episode about her. It's episode Twenty Six Six Six.
Now, Mary Bell is the name of a punk band out of Paris, France. (I guess if the name isn't being used...) Mary Bell, the band, is punk AF. Their new album, Mary Bell LP, is this incredibly noisy, loud, and ferocious mix. It combines the vocal discord of Bikini Kill, the raw guitars of The Melvins, and the raw energy of early Ramones. Plus, vocally, there is just a hint of Joan Jett in there. Every track on this album is as in your face as it could be, even a song like "The plague" that starts off as kind of a ballad. With song titles like "I hate you" and "Shit on the parkway," it's not a subtle release. With so much music out there that is now considered to be punk, it's refreshing to get something that is actually punk without being a throwback.
You can listen to "Fire fire" below. Physical copies of Mary Bell LP are available through Danger Records and Le Turc Mecanique, or you can download a copy for free via Bandcamp. For more on Mary Bell, check them out on Facebook and Tumblr.