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Gore Gore Girls
Get The Gore

Rating: 5.9/10 ?

June 28, 2007
On Get The Gore, Gore Gore Girls walk a fine line between affected self-awareness and the distillation of some of rock music's cherished moments: rockabilly, 60's girl groups (such as The Shangri-Las and The Ronettes), and Motor-City jam-kickers (a la MC5 and The Stooges). With mini-dresses and knee high boots, the girls wear their allegiances on the outside, meaning nothing's too surprising on the inside of Get The Gore. That isn't to say that there aren't moments of brilliance, though.

"Pleasure Unit" acts as the band's calling card, with front woman Amy Gore and guitarist Hammer combining for a commendable attempt to best Jack White. "Don't Cry" showcases the elements that make Gore Gore Girls so appealing; the song never quite commits to rockabilly, garage, or surf, but in foregrounding the girls' lyric interplay (equipped with "yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah"s) the track suggests something greater than the sum of its parts.

Two standout tracks on the album, "Where Evil Grows" and "You Lied To Me Before," are laced with acid rock, demonstrating that the band's repertoire is more expansive than their somewhat gimmicky appeal of good girls gone bad (and now wielding guitars) might suggest. "Where the Evil Grows" sounds like the ghost of Grace Slick and "You Lied to Me Before" is as close to Anton Newcombe as anyone (including Newcombe himself) has gotten since Give It Back!.

The simplicity of Get The Gore is somewhat charming, but only to a point. Instead of charting their own territory lyrically, the content of each song is predicated on each act of genre hopping. On "Fox In A Box" Gore snarls over garage punk riffs with the choppy cadence "She's a fox in a box/ And she wants to rock/ Let her rock," whereas the bubblegum pop of "Sweet Potato" is allowed to diffuse the edge she so carefully constructed on the first half of the album: "The kinda man I'm lookin' for/ I call a sweet potato/ They're big and strong and full of love/ Sweet potato."

By no means is Get The Gore a failure, but it doesn't shed the revivalist tendencies churned out by so many buzz bands of the past decade. Gore Gore Girls secure a niche for themselves that is perhaps less worn than their contemporaries, but with Get The Gore, the band will continue to be likened to their predecessors as opposed to standing on their own seductive legs.

Reviewed by Patrick Gill
In in a state of suspended adolescence, Patrick Gill can be found hiding away in northwest Ohio, where he spends most of his time rediscovering shoegaze, noise pop, britpop, slowcore, sadcore, lo-fi, neo-psychedelia, post-rock, trad rock, and trip-hop music. In his spare time he teaches college English.

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