Posted in music on January 15, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Childbirth

Seattle's Childbirth is made up of musicians from three bands who are known in (and to some extent, outside of) their local scene, Tacocat, Pony Time and Chastity Belt, but Childbirth themselves had been remaining relatively under the radar. That is until their excellent single "I Only Fucked You as a Joke" got some internet love this week. The song is as hilarious and biting as you'd want a song called "I Only Fucked You as a Joke" to be, but it's not novelty either.

The track appears on Childbirth's debut digital/cassette album, It's A Girl!, which came out last week (1/7) via Help Yourself Records. Other track titles on the album include "Menopause," "How Do Girls Even Do It?," and "Will You Be My Mom?" which probably give you a good idea of what you're getting from this record. And while it'd be easy to make comparisons to riot grrrl, Childbirth don't sound like they're trying to revive a two-decade old movement, they sound totally in the now. They sound like they've got similar DIY/punk/indie ethics that other great new bands like Speedy Ortiz and Potty Mouth are embracing, and they sound lyrically inspired to make a statement with each song, not just show off fancy influences. And humor and sarcasm are time-tested ways to make statements in punk songs. What would "Six Pack" and "TV Party" be without them?

You can purchase It's A Girl! over at bandcamp, and stream it, along with the video for "I Only Fucked You as a Joke," below...

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Childbirth - "I Only Fucked You as a Joke"

Childbirth - It's A Girl!

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Comments (35)

they sound almost as bored as i am listening to their shitty songs

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 6:15 PM

Would! Would! Only as a joke.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 6:45 PM

(mems Tacocat/Pony Time)

Oh ok thanks for the context. NOT! WHO The fuck are either of those bands!!?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 7:31 PM

Jokes on them

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Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 9:12 PM

Wow, so many BV hipster dudes--themselves only fucked as jokes--are going to be so butt-hurt by this. I love it by default.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 10:08 PM

what a fucking abortion

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 10:37 PM

Speedy Ortiz has punk aesthetics?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 10:48 PM

Would have been much cooler if they were guys and not from Seattle.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 11:22 PM

Remember when bands actually tried?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 11:28 PM

why is this worth covering?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 11:33 PM

cripes. horrible yelping

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 12:43 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 1:20 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 1:20 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 1:20 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 1:20 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 1:20 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 1:20 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 1:21 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 1:21 AM

Great name, ladies. How many minutes did you spend on it?

Seven. I'm guessing seven.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 5:24 AM

i wouldn't F any of them - even as a joke.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 8:15 AM

Shame none of them were stillborn.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 8:24 AM

This makes me long for the gatekeepers of old who shut this kind of shit out.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 8:59 AM

it's so... literal...

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 9:03 AM

8:15, see 10:08. lol...

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 10:56 AM

more awful riot grrrl revival

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 11:48 AM

The only way any guy would fuck these girls is as a joke, also.

Riot grrl is over and done. Trying to bring it back is fucking pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 12:21 PM

@12:21 Disagree. The ginger is hot as fuck. I want her to sit on my face.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 1:08 PM

This shit is terrible

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 2:30 PM

1:08 - if by 'ginger'you mean the middle one, well she looks around 50 yrs. old.

not that there's anything wrong with that

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 3:14 PM

8:59 is right. Calvin and Slim would have passed on this shit.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 3:35 PM

Dreamy. Riot-grrrl perfection.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 4:48 PM

It's good to see Seattle is still pumping out some of the best Music out there. keepin punkinout dudeszzz

Posted by Alleaia | November 1, 2014 3:37 PM

Good tune

Posted by Phil Royston | November 21, 2014 5:00 AM

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