Hide Your Daughters Have Issues

Hide Your Daughters Have Issues
"No more than anyone else’s,” laughs Hide Your Daughter’s 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 LaPlante’s 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 Girl’s Guide To Social Success, is an easy album of the year candidate, featuring a more refined but no less powerful and catchy mix of HYD’s rock fury, metallic force, weirdly dissonant leads floating above the mix, and singer Jeff Laplante’s intensely personal, fractured lyrical take. "I’ve said it before: I’m grateful that those guys [in the band] don’t really care so much that I’m writing pretty personal lyrics,” comments LaPlante. "But it’s also writing in such a way that it never crosses my mind that it’s ever going to be read by someone else, even though we’re performing and recording it.”

While some people revel in the role, Laplante doesn’t see himself as a spokesman for the romantically disenfranchised or the terminally fucked up. "I’m not trying to preach anything. Those [songs] are very tongue in cheek; it’s not something I hope for anyone specific to read or hear. I just try to treat it like an inside joke. I don’t think I’m in a position to write lyrics for other people.”