Lennon Murphy is a headbanging hottie who received a rash of publicity before releasing her debut 5:30 Saturday Morning (named such because of when she finished writing the tunes). She has opened for stalwarts like Monster Magnet, the Cult and Alice Cooper in an effort to bring her confessional tirades to the mostly male metal masses. Primarily a vocalist, the young Lennon also plays guitar and keyboards. Lennon started writing songs at age 7. Her mom played Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow and Aerosmith around the house. At 15, she played her first gig at a dive in her hometown of Hendersonville, Tennessee, and stayed on the stage for three hours. With the exception of Ani DiFranco, her current tastes run toward the strident macho heaviness of Korn and Nine Inch Nails, as evidenced on her first offering. She scraped the big-name production version of her inaugural slab, opting for her manager and guitarist to perform board duties, as they had on her demo. Lennon's songs are straightforward and personal: "Couldn't Breathe" details small-town claustrophobia; "Trying to Make Me" roasts the marketing executives who imposed image makeovers on her; and "Thank You" laments the passing of her mother, who pushed her to perform. Regarding Lennon's legendary Christian name, apparently she hates the Beatles, although she likes George Harrison.
-Stone, Cheap Trash NYC