The influence of Riot Grrrl, the underground feminist punk movement of the 90s, lives on in bands like the uncompromising and cacophonous London based boy/girl duo Blake Ivinson and Stacey Owen aka Bitches. Those already familiar with their self proclaimed thug pop oeuvre won't be surprised that new EP Buster, blasts from the speakers with all the force of a jackhammer on speed. What will come as a surprise are the touches of subtlety and tenderness they've added to their repertoire.

For a band for whom ear splittingly noisy is the standard setting the funereally quiet 'PRAY4BUSTER' and the reverential first and last 30 odd seconds of 'All Dogs Go To Heaven Part 2' are an intriguing departure. They point to this being something more than just another collection of Bitches thug pop. Dig a little deeper and it becomes clear that there is a theme that runs through the EP like a subliminal message from the other side. The EP's cover picture of a black labrador is a clue. The EP's title Buster which, according to dogtime.com was the 10th most popular name for a dog in 2011, provides another clue. With titles like 'Chasing Tail' and 'Kill Birds, Eat Shit' and the aforementioned 'PRAY4BUSTER' and 'All Dogs Go To Heaven Part 2' you don't need to be Sherlock Holmes to deduce that the EP is either a tribute to a much loved canine companion, an emotional response to the loss of a family pet, or the world's first thug pop concept EP.

Opening track 'Housebreaker' snaps and snarls like a pack of feral hounds on hunger strike. It's the only song on the EP with a title not immediately connected to the life and death of a family pet. However it's lyrics "I Will eat everything that you love, I will pee on the things that you touch, I don't want to be left alone, I will shit if you're doing it wrong," leave you in no doubt that the Housebreaker in question is a playful puppy. ‘Chasing Tail’ bares its teeth, threatening to tear your ears off and leave them in a bloody mess on the floor.

The soft, quiet, oddly serene 'PRAY4BUSTER' gives your ears a short break from the relentless battering. But don't worry these Bitches haven't gone all soft and mushy on us, normal service is resumed with the compelling, charismatic 'Kill Birds, Eat Shit'. This is Bitches at their best; a furious blend of unrepressed anger with a reflective, almost calm chorus. Like a deranged serial killer it angrily attacks you then gently strokes your hair before launching another furious fusillade of bruising noise. Final track 'All Dogs Go To Heaven Part 2' brings proceedings to a fuzzy and strangely moving end.

Losing a pet can be as traumatic as losing a friend or a member of the family, and Blake and Stacey have channelled those feelings into their art. Buster is an emotional rollercoaster of anger with occasional softer, reflective moments that shows the Bitches self coined thug pop has a heart.