For The Red Aunts, The Picnic's Over

Band hits the road one last time on its July tour and then calls it a career.

After seven years, five albums and concerts in 49 of the 50 states as well as

Europe, the Los Angeles-based Red Aunts have decided to get out while the

getting is good.

"Oh god, I kinda think it's been long enough. It's time to get out before we get

bad," said Terri Dahl, the group's singer/guitarist. "There's so many bands out

there that have been together too long and they end up just doing bad records.

And we never have."

The four-piece, all-female group that is known for its short, blistering punk songs

(two of its albums feature 14 songs in less than 25 minutes) and over-the-top,

feedback-infused live shows is set to disband after a final U.S. tour in July.

The Red Aunts may be over, but they are far from out. Dahl and guitarist Kerri

Davis are planning future musical projects. Dahl recently completed recording

tracks with her new band, the Screws, with Dirtbombs guitarist Mick Collins

(who also produced the Aunts' most recent album, 1997's Ghetto

Blaster). The Screws are set to tour Europe in October with a soon-to-be-

released LP on the In The Red label.

Meanwhile, Davis said she is interested in forming a new band with Red Aunts

drummer Lesley Noelle. "The day we get back from the tour we want to start

rocking again," she said.

The Red Aunts began to fall apart when Dahl's gourmet catering company

started to take up more of her time, the singer/businesswoman said. When

bassist Debi Martini announced that she was moving to New York, the band

decided that it was time to call it quits.

"There's nothing grosser in my opinion than old, like 40-year-old women still

doing this same old gross band. Like, fucking give it up. Leave it for the young

kids," Dahl said.

Citing Ghetto Blaster as its best record, the band explained that the LP

was quintessential Red Aunts, full of catchy hooks delivered at a fevered pitch.

The opener,

HREF="http://www.addict.com/music/Red_Aunts/I'm_Crying.ram">"I'm

Crying" (RealAudio excerpt), blasts the listener with two minutes of

noisy, feedback-drenched catharsis.

With Collins producing, the band finally got the sound it was looking for. "We

really, really like it," Davis said. "We feel like we finally made the record that we

always wanted to make."

While Collins said that on a personal level he is losing one of his favorite bands,

he said he understood the decision. "You reach a point in a band where you

know you can't go any farther and I think they realized if they went any farther

they might lose something," he said.

Or, as Davis put it, "I've got one last screaming and yelling month left in me and

then that's it."

Red Aunts Tour Dates:

July 9; Anchorage, Alaska, Chilikoot Charlies

July 10; Anchorage, Alaska, Gig's Music Theatre

July 11; Seattle, Wash., Off Ramp

July 14; San Diego, Calif., Casbah

July 15; Las Vegas, Nev., Wetstop

July 17; Denver, Colo., Bluebird Theatre

July 18; Albuquerque, N.M., Launch Pad

July 22; Dallas, Texas, Curtain Room

July 23; Austin, Texas, Emo's

July 25; New Orleans, La., Jimmy's Club

July 26; Atlanta, Ga., The Point

July 28; Charlotte, N.C., Tremont Music Hall

July 29; Washington, D.C., Black Cat

July 30; Baltimore, Md., Fletcher's

July 31; Philadelphia, Pa., Upstairs' At Nicks

Aug. 2; Hoboken, N.J., Maxwell's

Aug. 3; New York, N.Y., Under Acme

Aug. 5; Columbus, Ohio, Bernie's

Aug. 7; Chicago, Ill., Empty Bottle