Album Review

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

Thurston Hunger   2/16/2015   12-inch, A Library

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

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