Wednesday, July 29, 2009

G.G. King in its rawest form

Artist: G.G. King
Title: Last of the Night Wiggers Ruff Demo cassette
Label: Self-released
Release date: Spring 2009

Note: This is that post dedicated to the now 30-year-old Sony Walkman I promised weeks ago, as this is a cassette tape.

G.G. King, Greg King's post-Carbonas project, had its second 7", Drug Zoo, released this week's by Rob's House, and on this cassette you can hear the songs from the single plus three other tracks in their rawest form.

The title track of the new single is the highlight, as it is a song that is catchy while managing to really say something about how sometimes a person's reliance on drugs can inadvertently become a public spectacle.

"Witching Hour," another track on the 7", has a barely decipherable chantalong part at the end that'll remind you of the Ramones and make you realize you've heard the band play this one live several times. The rest of the song is a keeper, too, as it's a definite nod to The Zero Boys, Dow Jones and the Industrials, and some of the other classic American punk bands that influenced the Carbonas and, to a lesser extent, Quadiliacha.

"The Letter," a cover of a Box Tops classic, has been in G.G. King's live set since show one back in February. As the band has improved, this cover while played live has gone from being one of those amusing, sloppy punk rock attempts at covering a song without totally shitting all over it to being a worthy nod to a classic. This recording is on par with those worthy nods the band has recently performed live.

This song also has a vague link to Greg's past. Alex Chilton of the Box Tops was also in Big Star, whose song "September Gurls" was covered on the second Carbonas album.

The cassette also features three unreleased punk scorchers with "Babbling Voices", "Head in the Clouds," and the tormented laughs "Flowing Robes."

Musically and vocally, these songs distance G.G. King from The Carbonas sound. The first 7" was similar to The Carbonas (especially the before-mentioned second album), but these tracks show a whole different direction for King.

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