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5.0 out of 5 stars Their first .... their best ?, 8 Feb 2002
I got into Gallon Drunk by accident. Following a local band The Sunflowers, I decided to check what their Clawfist labelmates were up to. "You, the night and the music" was released around that time and it didn't disappoint me.
It begins with the Mission Impossible-esk "Rev up TPA" which, so legend has it, is a recording of the maracca player's (Joe Byfield)Robin Reliant. What follows is truly marvellous. Raw, original and like a slap around your face with your dad's copy of "Funhouse" we go straight into "Some fools mess", arguably their greatest moment. A song which appears to be about finding your loved one with "some fools mess running down your leg ..." James Johnston (vocals, guitar and organ) dropped his guitar mid recording and all hell breaks loose.
Stumbling into "Just one more" we find a drinking song from the Nick Cave "Brother My Cup is Empty" school of thought. The song takes us back to that horrible point in the evening when we make the "a Pint or a taxi ?" decision.
"Two Wings Mambo" like the title sugguests leans heavily towards what one journalist called their "Death Mambo" sound. Don't let that description but you off. There is so much more to this band as the atmospheric title track proves.
Totally out on a limb at a time of American Rock, Gallon Drunk just didn't (and still don't) give a damn. The album is more a soundtrack to a young man who spent his time working in a sex shop by day, getting drunk by night which their title song "Gallon Drunk" supports.
Max Decharne's (Flaming Stars) druming is prominent throughout the recordings and at their finest on "Night tide" another song sang straight from the gutter.
Just to dumbfound the critics further they stick in a country and western number (Eye of the Storm) before the the rumbling bass of "The Tornado" rolls effortless out of your speakers. To me it seems to be building up to the cacophony the album promises, but doesn't deliver. There again that would have been too obvious, one of the things I love about this album.
If you like your music along the lines of John Spencer, Nick Cave, Breed, Stooges then this is for you. As the cover says "In your hand you hold the key, put it in the lock ...and turn on".
Magic Darts, 180.
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