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Third Grade Teacher
Third Grade Teacher (Pinch Hit Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Front woman Sabrina Stevenson really is a third grade teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, hence the band's name. On their self-titled debut CD, Los Angeles' Third Grade Teacher combine elements of metal, punk rock, and yes, even pop, to come up with their thrashing sound. Not safe, not reserved at all, like you'd expect from a third grade teacher. When Sabrina Stevenson yells "fuck you", you know she means it, as she lets her hair hang down on this album chalk full of fury, noise, and aggressive. This is powerful music that is relentless in its assault and, as much as you fight it, they'll win you over, no matter how long it takes. It has its down side, such as some inconsistencies in the songwriting department (the highs and lows of the album), and some tongue-in-cheek humor that gets lost on the listener, but they mask it with a lot of ass-kicking noise. And isn't that the beauty of rock? I'll give it a C.
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