And fit in they most certainly do not. Though terms and comparisons have been thrown at them en masse, Jucifer neatly sidesteps any accusations of plagiarism by virtue of being consistently chameleonic. Valentine's voice is a perfect fit no matter the genre the band delves into, with a PJ Harvey-like seductive quality to it that belies her ability to scream when the situation requires it of her. If you're looking to hear Meg White or Kim Gordon, you'll catch smacks of them in one or two songs, but Jucifer never really sounds like other bands - though they might remind you of one for about two minutes, just before they burst your eardrums like bubble-wrap.
Oh, yeah, Jucifer's loud. Really loud. The legends speak amplifiers stacked 10 to 15 feet high. And they really want the live show to be loud, so that the live show can be a different experience, so that "You get something special out of the live show that you don't get from the album," Valentine explains. "The only thing that we keep predictable about it is that we put everything we have into it." But she issues an understated warning: "We've collected a few bits of gear over the years. Wear earplugs, because even if it doesn't hurt, it's going to do some damage." Sage advice. But the hurt's worth it.
Jucifer with the Blakes and Meteorites Attack at the Blvd on Friday, Sept. 5, at 9 pm. $10. 21 and older. Call 455-7826.