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Fat Possum
Gravy Train!!!!
All The Sweet Stuff
Cochon

Rating: 7/10 ?


July 11, 2007
Chunx, Funx, Hunx, and Junx are four trashy kids who are better know as the musical collective Gravy Train!!!! To summarize their roles, Chunx, Funx and Hunx play and sing, while Junx is responsible for nudity. Junx's specialization makes sense, considering nudity and sex are big parts of the band's operation. To summarize topics, songs about food, masturbation, and hooking up can all be heard on the band's third full-length, All The Sweet Stuff.

Gravy Train!!!! is something as rare, as only a hilarious and goofy band with good songs can be rare. The two accomplishments - band and songs, both goofy - don't come naturally together, but Gravy Train!!!! pulls it all tight. If one were to categorize the quartet's sound, New Wave would be the most blanketly accurate description; their sound is an energized pop with catchy tunes, and maybe not the best production the world has ever heard. The recording grit ultimately doesn't really matter, since it's the attitude that counts.

Once, in a group at the birthday party for one of my best friends, there was a level of drunkenness exceeded only by a friend's intoxicated boyfriend, who insisted that we all watch a Gravy Train!!!! concert video. While we watched, the friend's intoxicated boyfriend would try to spell out his boyfriend's name, in candles, whilst unbuttoning his pants to show us all his Gravy Train!!!! underwear. With things quickly escalating, the highlight of the birthday party came with a trip down the street to see Gravy Train!!!! perform live.

Let me simply say that Gravy Train!!!! are a band with some hardcore fans. The level of devotion is all due to the band's attitude; the whole "fuck this, let's take our pants of and party!" mind-set will feel, to everyone at some point somewhere, universally liberating. The focus on the noise is an approach to draw emphasis from such simple things as singing abilities. After all, if it's really a party, other things matter more.

To be fair, All The Sweet Stuff isn't all frost and fluff and attitude; the songs are very catchy and show some genuine pop song writing skills. A quick listen to tracks like "Wutcha Wutcha Wutcha Wutcha Wutcha Wutcha Doin' Tonite?", "Club Situation" and "All The Sweet Stuff" and it is clear that Gravy Train!!!! is a band that has tons of tunes in them, just waiting to come out.

All its catchy and upbeat songs make All The Sweet Stuff a nice little listen; it works well for a few nights partying with your friends, or for dancing frenetically in front of the mirror with a hair brush as a microphone. Considering there could very well be a CSI episode about the forensics of death by party beats, just be careful not to OD on these crazy tunes.

Gravy Train!!!! are a classic example of a polarizing band; you will either love or hate them, there's no in between. If you love them, you will have a friend for life, and considering those friends that you like partying with but don't want to hang out with too much, because you're scared that you might pass out from too much drinking and dancing, you can use all the friends you can get.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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