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Gun & Doll Show
New Blood Live
Fortune Records

G ‘n f’n DS have a tremendous advantage over the current slew of aggressive rock acts. Amongst their weaponry are such elements as: a working understanding of dynamics, the ability to create variety in songs, intelligence compounded with integrity and an almost fanatical SF fan following. This disc was recorded in real time at the Bottom Of The Hill. Not a gimmick, really. More of an extension of the theatrical band.

The three guys and three gals in this group have somehow formed a family of exciting sounds. They rip on the sugarcoated industry in "Professional Pop" and "Death Of Rock and Roll." This is explosive stuff with a good feel. It hits the heights, slows down to pick up those it lost, and takes off again. At one point, the inventive band makes neat train noises in unison. There’s clever wordplay like "AEIOU nothing" on the hardpressed "Animal." "The Toughest Thing" is thrilling, with powerful emotion like Stiff Little Fingers. Killian "Killer" MacGeraghty sings with aggressive fire like fellow countrymen New Model Army.

Gentleness takes over the show at this point. The subject of "Little Tornado" is the frustration of living with your mate. The understated music mirrors this by walking on eggshells. Light, snare rolls beneath the polka bass. When the tension in "Throwaway People" seems to reach its apex, another hill appears on the horizon. Then "Spirit" prances through a lovely meadow while the underlying drug tale sneaks through. The innocuous tune hides the lyrics—"Like a morphine drip/A double dose LSD trip."

With more bruising guitar work, "Wasting Precious Time" is theatric in a hippie musical sort of way. Intense chanting and great drive make this political piece work. "What I Hate About Punks" would have made a recent "punk rock opera" much better. Many would agree, "They took a good thing and made a bad thing." Megan Reitan soars exactly like Polly Styrene. Full steam on "Thief for Love," a rocker with lots of meat. It seems to be a take on "Mrs. Robinson," if I have my imagery correct. "Sundae" for dessert is cryptic and sweet and features a 50-guitar orchestra!

The music is mature and exciting with original drumming. Throughout the pointed messages and outbursts of emotion, mankind remains positive and hopeful. This crew knows their stuff and yours. It’s catchy without being crap. The varied flavors make for a fantastic record from a phenomenal band.

-Ewan Wadharmi

Track Listing:

  1. Professional Pop
  2. Animal
  3. Death Of Rock ‘N Roll
  4. The Fat Police
  5. The Toughest Thing
  6. Little Tornado
  7. Throwaway People
  8. Spirit
  9. Wasting Precious Time
  10. What I Hate About Punks
  11. Thief For Love
  12. Sundae

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