Gary Wrong Group “Knights of Misery” 12”gwg12

The first official release from the Gary Wrong Group, following up the ill-fated “Pollen Christ” 7” on Total Punk and the “Mayhem Troopers” 7” on Bat Shit (and its many wonderful cover variations) credited as simply Gary Wrong. Those singles were mainly one-man recording efforts (with help from Wizzard Sleeve accomplice Benny Devine), but the Group expands things to a quartet including Quintron on drums/organ and a fella named Weird Steve on synths along with Devine and Wrong. Six songs at 45 rpm, with things sounding far more deep via extensive synth squiggling from Steve, acting in a capacity much like LZR does in Human Eye, not laying down rhythms as much as adding sound effects and background noise – and this is in addition to Quintron’s more direct organ lines and Devine doubling on Casio. The dual percussive efforts produce results as well – avoiding the two-drummers-playing-the-same-thing pitfall much of the time, but alternating fills and differing their patterns enough to keep you guessing. “Post Natal Pre Death” is a lockstep march that could easily be the intro to the giant monster attack depicted in the album art, a heavy stomp with extra-dimensional synth.  The parenthetical addendum to the title “Reasons To Shive (Ode to Ubu)” rears its head as an effectively repetitive downer-trip into darkness and “Heroin Beach Serpents Attack” repurposes the original for more B-movie scifi-esque mayhem. “St. Theo” is very Quintron-esque, with upbeat organ breaks cutting up the doomy repetition and sorta rapped lyrics. The tail end of this repeats “Pollen Christ” and their “Streets of Iron” cover from the 7”, which I have no beef with since barely anyone got a copy of that 7” anyway, and they seem to have tinkered with them a bit. An impressive concoction from some true Southern-fried weirdos – a bit raunchier and rockier than Wizzard Sleeve, with a Roger Corman budget and aesthetic.  Scum stats: 500 copies (all gone!), with insert and fantastic silkscreened cover art that is just begging you to grab some markers and color it in. Intrepid readers should carry on with the Life and Times of Gary Wrong here…(RK)
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(Ed: For those not that internet savvy, here is a link to a Gary Wrong interview. This should tide you over for a week until we finish the Aussie issue…)


Forgot I had this one sitting in the “to finish” stack. I have a few more blog posts to get off the desk this week and then we’ll post some stuff about our favorite records of 2012. This one was (or is) going to be the first in a series where bands with the same or similar names square off…and don’t forget to check the new reviews section out while it’s still warm…

bazookafuckBazooka “I Want To Fuck All the Girls In My School” 7”
Slovenly Records continues their European campaign of releasing garage records from countries that are notorious for not having the best in…taste, for lack of a better word. Italy, The Netherlands and now Greece. I wasn’t entirely impressed by the Acid Baby Jesus record, who are apparently the best Greek band since uh…fuck, can anyone out there even name a fucking Greek band? Socrates Drank the Conium is all I can come up with off the top of my head. For some reason I think there was a Greek metal scene of some size…whatever, not important. Bazooka have some ties to ABJ obviously, as how many garage-punks can there actually be there? The title cut takes a Fang riff and plays it through an A-Frames effects-pedal to give it that robot sound and cut it with a poppier chorus part that breaks in with an Intelligence-like vibe. The guitar part gets a bit hypnotizing/nauseating after repeated listens, which is good. The singer really hams it up to fit in with the wacky title concept. Not bad, and easier to remember than any ABJ song. “Monkey Town” is a more straightforward rocker, although they didn’t forget to add copious amounts of reverb. Let’s call it a European approach to Thee Ohsees style. B-Side (“Tingle”) goes for more of the same, with a…get this…TINGLY guitar part, but it has a more rocked out and hookier chorus which makes it the best song on the record. When put up against some of the other bands on the Slovenly roster (The Anomalys, Sultan Bathery, JC Satan) or their pals Acid Baby Jesus (and their side project Gay Anniversary, who are as bad as their name suggests going by their bandcamp songs), this is actually pretty rockin’. If you’re a fan of bands that have two drummers that makes them sound just like a band with one drummer, then this is right up your alley. Or if you’re huge fan of Italian garage-rock and want to step up your game to B level rock, this is all you. Ah, I’m being too harsh, I know…I’m just fucking around, this is a pretty good Eurorokker worth a few of your drachmas. (RK)
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bazookadustyBazooka “Jupiter” 7”
Thomas Function had a moment or two, I’ll admit, but then I think they kind of got beat at their own game by Harlem. Bazooka have the singer (Josh Macero) from T-Func (whose voice was an acquired taste when faced with extended listening time)playing alongside one of those kids from Amber Alerts (whose 7” was a nice slice of gutter-slop on Jeth-Row), and “Jupiter” sounds a lot like Thomas Function’s pop-rock and regrettably not like Amber Alerts snot-rocking, but what can ya do. It’s a well-written and played garage-popper, without the weird little touches TF peppered their songs with early on. The B-Side, “Back To You” (jeez, no one’s ever used that song title before…), is so fucking jangly you might mistake it as being from Wisconsin before the “na-na-na” chorus kicks in and drives a nail into your forehead. Fuck this shit. I feel bad for the chicken on the sleeve of this. That guy had no say in whether or not he wanted to be associated with pseudo-country hogwash like this. It’s not right. (RK)
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WINNER: Greek Bazooka win this one by a wide margin, because they rocked OK and the B-Side of Alabama Bazooka’s single made me want to take a lighter to it. The Greeks also got points for better artwork and being on a label with a guy named BAZOOKA JOE as its manager/distro dude. I liked that ‘bama ‘zooka had an Amber Alerts connection (because any band on Jeth-Row Records is pure gold), but they squandered that opportunity. The Greeks bring one home, I wish them the best with that economy thing as well. Tune in next time for Fag Cop vs. White Cop…