Yet another brilliant offering from the multi-talented Graham Day. Hooks, melodies and vitriolic lyrics reveal a man at the very height of his powers. For those of you (us?) bored to death with the current UK music scene - where the likes of Pete Doherty are deemed subversive - I suggest you check out the Gaolers. A slightly harder sound than The Prisoners, the Gaolers kick up a right royal mess of noise and well deserve to be banged up for their sins. What I don't get is; every band that Graham Day plays in sounds just like The Prisoners! Why on earth did they split up? Buy, hum, dance and enjoy.
Graham knows what he sounds like and is true to his musical roots! He has made this record many times, but rather than mellowing with the passing of time, the energy and passion he puts into these songs reveals a confidence and determination that is infectious.
Why The Prisoners and their peers have "remained off the cultural radar' has always been a mystery to me, but cult status or otherwise, he has an audience and has delivered us a fine record!
While Billy Childish has long been acknowledged as a pioneer of analogue ingenuity, fellow Medway trailblazer Graham Day - formerly of garage gods The Prisoners - remains criminally off the cultural radar. The first release by his new band The Gaolers, "Get off my Track" is so freakbeat crazed it will have Russell Brand and his child-scaring hair running back to Hogwarts, and all is delivered with a paint-stripping intensity which makes The White Stripes sound like The Feeling. Someone get this man out of the Cult Hero clink and in the charts fast. Legends have been made of less. 'Get Off My Track' is the first track on the album 'Soundtrack To The Daily Grind'
What a great pleasure to listen again to a brand new creature from Mr Graham Day! Most of the bands do their best albums at their beginnings, only a few talented artists continue evolve and to be creative even 25 years later their debut album. Graham Day is this kind of artist and the band he set up is sooo powerful! I would say that obviously it could sound like the Prisoners but with a more strong ("made in the USA") rhythm section and a growling guitar with a lot of wah-wah and fuzz, plus organ, and sitar too! Graham's voice is more powerful than ever. The lyrics (included on the cd but not on the LP) are inspired and direct, as usual. I had the chance to see them live on stage in Verona, Italy recently, so what can I say? They play LOUD like it should be, definetely a live band that plays for pleasure. Don't miss them, you will be surprised by the fresh energy that they spread, you will recognize that kind of genuine ATTITUDE (no compromises!) which has become rare today. Every fan since the eighties like me will be "captured" by this record. Well done Graham, long live the Gaolers! (PS: BUY their record, don't download it eh?)
Great album! How Graham Day isn't a major star is beyond me. For 25 years he has gone through a series of bands writing great garage songs and somehow major success has eluded him. He's back with a new band, great songs and great live shows. Buy the album and then check out his other bands - The Prisoners, The Solar Flares and The Prime Movers. You won't be sorry. Fantastic.
As with everything GD has done, this is right on the mark.
Buy (almost) anything he's ever done and you won't be disappointed. No doubt he has chosen his bandmates carefully over the years; they're all guys who can play, but Graham's quality and quantity are phenomenal.