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GALILEO 7, THE - There Is Only Now {Damaged Goods} PODCAST PLAYED How the fuck have I missed this band when this is their sixth album in a ten-year career? You get 12 tracks from this British Garage Power-Pop quartet that’s tinged with Psychedelia and, if you dig THE WHO at their most concise jamming on BEATLES tracks circa ‘White Album’, then you’ll run over razor wire with bare feet to hear this. Opening with what sounds like Gregorian Chant before launching into the wonderful ‘Everything Is Everything Else’ that’s all cranked guitars, ringing keys and soaring vocals. I’m hooked!! Other goodies include ‘There Is Only Now’ that could be the best song that TEENAGE FANCLUB never wrote had they employed a skillful Hammond organist, ‘Crooked Smile’ that emphasizes THE WHO vibe and ‘The World Looks Different Today’ that’s like a lost BIG STAR ‘Third’ outtake, while highlight is ‘Slipping Away’ with its pounding beat, classic Power-Pop vocal and guitars flying in all directions. There’s not a duffer here; a couple of the tracks have lead vocals taken by keyboardist Viv (including the rollicking ‘I Dream Of Sleep’ that deserves a mention) which keeps the variation and attention at a maximum, the musicianship is stellar, the songwriting even higher and the vibe is through the roof. I like - lots!! (11.07.19)
GIGLINGER - Money Power And Corruption/ Pay No More {DIY} Latest (sixth?) release from this excellent, interesting band outta Helsinki. This is given two titles cuz, in theory, it’s a three-track EP on each side of this lovely slab of 10” vinyl. The band’s sound constantly mutates - I’ve compared them to KILLING JOKE, TEEN GENERATE, MISSION OF BURMA and WIPERS previously, so my expectations here are only that I’m gonna hear something new, and something good.  MPC kicks off with ‘Try To Make Believe’ that had me thinking GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE as it fuses Hardcore pace with something inventive and soaring lead guitar lines, while closer ‘First To Die’ has a second-album PARTISANS vibe mixed with some discordant Hardcore a’la TH’ INBRED and is the best of the three. PNM starts with ‘Punk For Sale’ which pivots around a neat SUBHUMANS-esque riff and dynamic with a distinct Biafra-like vocal while ‘Pay No More’ slams along on a relentless riff and beat and could be the best here. Production is lo-fi, Garage Punk quality and, given some of the lyrical sentiment here, a lyric sheet would have benefited the message greatly. As it is, yet another release (or two?) that continues to further expand and diversify the band’s sound. (13.05.19)
GOATZILLA! - Muthafukasaurus {DIY} Bizarrely named four piece outta the Brisbane area of Australia with their nine track debut. Think a fusion of ANNIHILATION TIME, ‘Iron Fist’ era MOTORHEAD and a bit of ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN but sung with a distinct and effective Australian accent and you’re there. Most of the tracks are good time rockers laden with that classic Australian humour with the highlight being either ‘Actions’ or ‘Iceman’ both of which have a touch more spikiness about them when compared with some of the other more hard rocking tracks. Have to say, it’s a bit too close to the Hard Rock world for my Punk Rock ears, but it’s well played stuff with good production and if you like your Punk with riffs sharp enough to castrate cattle, this could be the band for you. (06.12.19) 
GOLIGHTLY, HOLLY - Do The Get Along {Damaged Goods} PODCAST PLAYED Holly is one of those people whose name I have heard of lots, but up until this point, have never actually heard much by her. So, this 12 track album, possibly her 12th, came as a most welcome listening experience. It’s not what I expected either; it’s sultry, Jazzish, swaggering, 60s tinged and rather seductive, as opposed to the Indie Pop I was expecting. Plenty of highlights, including ‘Satan Is His Name’ that swings like the darkest, adult moments of THE DOORS (in fact, musically, there are a lot of DOORS-esque moments here), ‘Ladies Excuse Me’ that’s something THE CRAMPS could’ve done if in swing mode and the sedate grandeur of closer ‘Like Time’ while disc highlight has to be ‘Pretty Clean’ that pulses on swinging 60s beats and attitude. Very much an album for late night listening, something to wind down to but one that remains cutting and slightly sinister. (17.05.19)
GOOD RIDDANCE - Thoughts And Prayers {Fat Wreck} Ninth album from these California mainstays and the band’s first since ‘Peace In Our Time’. It’s also the first to be written entirely by vocalist Russ Rankin and probably the strongest since ‘Operation Phoenix’. Highlights are plenty be it ‘Don’t Have Time’ that’s freewheeling, melodic Punk, the contemplative and defiant ‘No Safe Place’, the Hardcore traits of both ‘Lo Que Sucede’ and ‘Our Great Divide’ and closer ‘Requisite Catastrophes’ is just definitive GOOD RIDDANCE laden with melodic hooks, musical muscle, intelligence and intensity while best track is probably ‘No King But Caesar’ that kicks off with a discordant, sluggish riff before exploding into a blazing slice of melodic hardcore. Only fault is that at just 12 tracks this is a tad too short given the quality of what’s here. Those socio-political lyrics of Rankin’s are on par with anything BAD RELIGION offer while the song structures just embody that great melodic Hardcore-tinged Punk that the band do so well. Easily the best band on Fat Wreck once again and a genuine contender for the Best of 2019. (24.12.19)
GRAHAM DAY AND THE FOREFATHERS - Good Things {Damaged Goods} Reissue of an album that was released in 2014 that captures Day and a rather smoking rhythm section scouring his 30-year back catalogue and reproducing some of the best bits live in their rehearsal room with one-take vocals added later. The original 12 tracks have been joined by two tracks from a 7” and an unreleased take on JIMI HENDRIX’s ‘Freedom’. Highlights include the instrumental ‘Sitar Spangled Banner’, a raucous ‘Mary’ and the rolling guitars of ‘Be On My Way’ while ‘I Am The Fisherman’ would be the standout with its distinct JAM vibe. If you fuse KINKS with early WHO and some barrelling high energy Garage Rock ‘n’ Roll you’ll be close to the maximum Rocknroll vibes present here. I personally prefer the high energy stuff to the slow jams but as an introduction to the work of GRAHAM DAY, it works well. (22.02.20)
GRAHAM DAY AND THE GAOLERS - Just A Little {Damaged Goods} If you are unfamiliar with the name GRAHAM DAY, he has been cranking jams for about 30 years in bands such as THE PRISONERS, PRIME MOVERS and THE FOREFATHERS along with some BILLY CHILDISH projects. This two track 7” is the first new recordings from the GAOLERS in 11 years and lead track is a cracking, sub-three minute soulful Garage cracker pivoting around a neat fuzztoned guitar riff and a vintage KINKS/ SMALL FACES vibe. Flip the disc and you get ‘I’m Not The Only One’ that has a punchy bass line, soaring chorus and would’ve been very at home amidst THE JAM circa ‘The Gift’. Good times. (05.10.19)
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