The club, packed with the “Melrose Place” crowd rather than the usual industry throng out to catch “the next big thing,” was treated to a vigorous onslaught of music cemented in the three-chord workouts of the Ramones and every classic Beantown garage outfit that came before them (Neighborhoods, Del Fuegos, Scruffy the Cat).
Like her male counterparts on the “punk” bandwagon, frontwoman Kay Hanley has a bouncy, inviting presence that won’t threaten anyone. Each song starts in a voice of preteen innocence and she winds up maturing midway through.
The band’s one flub came on the intro to current hit “Here & Now” but it hardly detracted from the appeal of the group’s tightness.
Giant has what should still be a hot commodity come summer when the label releases Cleo’s second disc, and their first recorded for a major. Long-term prospects, however, seem iffy.