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The Rotten Mile

Gallon Drunk Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Absolute
  • ASIN: B000UYT9HQ
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  9. Night Panic Bossa 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
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BBC Review

James Johnston, lead singer and guitarist with London-based Gallon Drunk has weathered much since the earliest days of the band in the early 90s. Not only is he the only original member left, he's also spent a significant part of the interim as a member of Nick Cave's Bad Seeds; a band who GD have constantly been accused of aping. So, in this newest guise with new bassist Simon Wring, can the be-suited purveyors of louche garage jazz offer anything new?

The Rotten Mile kicks off in absolutely corking style with the title track. The sheets of guitar noise thrown up and plastered with ex-Higson, Terry Edwards' squalling sax remind the listener more of Cave's previous band, The Birthday Party. It's a kind of mutant jazzabilly rumble that sends warning signals to those of a weaker constitution. Coupled with the cover shots of seedy club interiors and the guys hanging around in their sub-gangster clobber, this could be taken as ultra-realism, or as just dressing up as hard men. After about four tracks the songs defiantly refuse to say anything else other than: 'Here's life in the Big Smoke. It's all a bit heavy, innit?' Everything's 'a mess' (''Bad Servant''), 'hopeless' (''Grand Union Canal'') or plain 'damned and desperate' (''Put A Bolt In The Door''). Get the picture?

This isn't to say that GD are mere copyists of Cave's courting of the underworld. They have a fine line in accomplished mayhem that, aided by Ian White's rattling drums and the aforementioned Edward's horns, can almost convince you that this is a real ride to hell. The London-centric theme is nicely varied with "Down At The Harbour" transposing the heaviness back in time to the 19th century docklands. Yet the tales of madness on the Northern Line ("Give Me Back What's Mine") and terminal casualty ("On Ward 10") too often sound posturing rather than dangerous. The closing cover of Johnny Mercer's "The Shadow Of Your Smile" is, however, a nicely mellow (albeit creepy) cure-all for all the angst. But maybe GD's time has truly passed.

Having said all that, I wouldn't like to meet this bunch down a dark alley! --Chris Jones

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ferocious! 25 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
Fantastic release that shows mostly the wild, unhinged side of what has to be the UK's most underrated band. From the demented skronk of the opening title track to the velvet noir of "Shadow Of Your Smile", this is a wild ride. The space and restraint of 2002's Fire Music have been replaced with terrific songs executed with astonishing dynamics and abandon.

Of particular note - "Put The Bolt In The Door", "All Hands Lost At Sea" and the monstrous instrumental "Christmas". Can't imagine a better album coming out this year. Superb.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blistering 7 Dec 2007
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Blues-punk? Garage rock 'n' roll? Whatever you care to call it, this is ferocious stuff. Gallon Drunk know their way around rhythms and here they fire off basic blues ('Put the Bolt in the Door'), bossa nova ('Night Panic Bossa'), borderline hard rock ('Bad Servant'), shuffling funk ('On Ward 10') and all manner of hybrids. Their other forte is atmosphere, which they conjure from swampy, echoing production; deftly timed squalls of sax, harmonica and feedback; James Johnston's ability to sing like a man possessed and (last but not least) squalid, sleazy, lyrical matter. If you don't like it raw you'd better keep a safe distance.

Not a pop album, then (if you want more melody and pop hooks with your garage noir, you are better off with The Flaming Stars, the band fronted by Max Decharne, who used to be Gallon Drunk's drummer), although 'Grand Union Canal' is as catchy as hell and also comes as a single.

Oh yes - once last thing: the 'Grinderman' album that came out a few months back. More than one reviewer was put in mind of Gallon Drunk, but take it from me - 'The Rotten Mile' wipes the floor with it for tunes; for aggro quotient; for everything, in fact. Johnston may work for Nick Cave in The Bad Seeds, but he can show his boss a thing or two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 13 May 2013
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Gallon Drunk rock in places that you dont expect. Swamp bluesy rock with a touch of the urban melodrama meets indie sensibitilies.
Hotly recommended if you like bands like the Tindersticks, Nick Cave and Grinderman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody has any style anymore... 17 Nov 2007
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Format:Audio CD
With `The Rotten Mile' Gallon Drunk have produced their best album for over a decade. It's aggressive, messy and packed with sleazy charm. Like a really dirty Cramps album it's a delight--a riot made by bad guys in bad suits who trawl London, after dark, looking for seedy alcoves to get lost in. If you play this alongside Nick Cave's recent Grinderman album then you're really in for a treat. You can see why James Johnston has ended-up a part of the Bad Seeds as this is ripped to the t*ts in the best way. It veers from cabaret played by Hell's own easy listening quartet to a sonic assault manufactured by escaped lunatics. I love it and I've been playing it over and over...while spitting flaming tequila over the charred remains of my neighbours.

Christmas really is the highlight. That's closely followed by the single Grand Union Canal and the title track. Overall it's a play and play again record which has enough style and testosterone to obliterate your face. Wonderful stuff--pounding and unrelenting music. I'd love to see it get an award but what are the chances of that happening? I suppose I could hold my breath and wait for the rip-off, also-ran White Stripes to commit suicide in public, after drinking kerosene and swallowing a lit match.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Who can afford it? 24 Dec 2007
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
No samples to listen to. Nothing on Youtube. Ridiculous import price. Do they want to sell this cd or not? It doesn't seem like it.
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