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    Dead Gum – “Gainer” – [Phase! Records]

    This 2014 lp almost had the dark, dirgy kind of vibe of 90’s
    New Zealand, but the master masticator behind Dead Gum
    is Panagiotis Spoulos (he also runs this label in Greece)
    The guitar is often desolate, gritty and grimy but he works
    in some drum/machines at times. Sounded like a solid band,
    for a one-man concoction. On “Regain” his simple drums sound
    like an abandoned warehouse, and a warning synth rides in to
    blanket the track. His vocals are of the spoken, broken sort.
    As he ekes out bleak thoughts. Even when he’s singing about
    “loving you ever after” as he does on “Thread” it’s not hearts
    and flowers, more about getting you into the ever-after state.
    Often buzz and sparks fly as guitar and synth grind. He closes
    with a drum machine set on renegade death dance, and again that
    great guitar that sort of saws at your ears. Enjoy the waves
    of pulsing bass on “Afraid of Heights” Good stuff, seems
    Spoulos relaxes in songs where other bands would panic, maybe
    that’s the new Grecian formula?

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 16, 2015 at 1:58 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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