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Goons Of Doom

The Story Of Dead Barbie And Ghost
Volcom Entertainment

The Goons Of Doom were childhood friends while growing up in Australia. Lead singer Ozzie Wright and his wife/bass guitarist Bang Bang Bunny Fang are the core of the band. Rounding out the group are Vaughan Dead and Killa Whale on guitars and Cut-throat Cowboy on drums. The five formed a band on the set of Ozzie's film Wasted Youth in 2003. The storyline was about a group of surfers who played in a band. The experience sparked an urge in the cast to be a real band, to really make original songs and to play in bars, clubs, and at parties.

In 2005, Goons of Doom released their first EP Bikey Zombie. This year they put out their first full length album The Story Of Dead Barbie And Ghost. Like the band they portrayed in the movie, they used the same rawness and gritty applications in their songwriting. Not knowing how to play their instruments back in 2003 when they formed, they learned to play, and their debut album displays their minimalist craftmanship and caricature style vocals with numbers like "Devils" and "Dope City In The UK." There are theatrics in the vocals like Iggy Pop and the Sex Pistols with a copious amount of garage rock, '60s style neon Britpunk, and horror pop reefed with similarities to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The '60s influences are rampant on songs like "Bikey Zombie" and "Broken Toe" which show masonry familiar to The Raveonettes. The adolescent imbibed lyrics are hokey like "Dead Barbie And Ghost" with a gutter-rock verbose. The thrash/punk whips on "VD" are repetitive and switch gears on "My Song" as Bunny's vocals purvey a Sleater-Kinny tincture. The vocals on "My Car" shout as Ozzie and Bunny's singing tangles into heaps while the guitar vibrations scream around them. There is a folksy quality to "Leaving Song" like The Libertines and amusing vocals on "It Stinks" supplying harmonica and trombone sessions with a cask of soft rock motions.

"Ballerina" ambles with male and female vocal interplays. There is a sameness in "Ballerina," "Wimps," "Lambs Heart" and "Hello Kitty", like they ran out of ideas about where to take their music, but they keep a neon vocal glow through the tracks. "The Ass Kisses The Face" fires with rankling vocals and racy guitar churns. The final track "Fingered" offers neon Britpunk plushness with horror pop emporiums. There is a showy, garrulous quality to the song like in the Broadway show Dance Of The Vampires. The album is all show and antics and inspires others to follow that path of abandonment to impulsive behavior.

Goons Of Doom have a free spirit with a cartoonish character something like The Flaming Lips and the UK's fictional band The Young Ones from the early '80s hit series. Goons Of Doom are about having fun and picking on society's images of beauty like Barbie. It's something that adolescents do to hide their insecurities, which is what their audience may identify most about them.

-Susan Frances

1. Dope City In The UK
2. Bikey Zombie
3. Broken Toe
4. VD
5. Dead Barbie And Ghost
6. My Son
7. My Car
8. Wimps
9. Devil
10. Leaving Song
11. It Stinks
12. Ballerina
13. Lambs Heart
14. Hello Kitty
15. The Ass Kisses The Face
16. Fingered

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