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4.7 out of 5 stars
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The Rotten Mile
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on 14 October 2015
It's got to be said ~ What a fantastic record! The band makes a glorious dirty noise that can't be learned in performance schools and would never be tollerated in polite society. This is what "rock music" is all about. Forget all the gendres and sub-gendres, what's "in" or "hip" today. Gallon Drunk have never bothered...neither should you. P.S. The last track just proves the same thing in a different way. Priceless.
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on 13 May 2013
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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on 7 December 2007
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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on 25 October 2007
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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