Archive for August, 2008
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Power trio Gumshen www.gumshen.com provides a bracing reminder of how much time has passed since the early ’90s. For those feeling nostalgic about that era, Gumshen will give you a kick-in-the-arse fix. Featuring Ron Hippe guitar, bass, vocals, Jan Ciganik lead guitar, bass, vocals, and Dennis McCoy drums, vocals, Gumshen recalls the flannel-smoked haze of vintage “Alternative Nation” as the group unreels their fan worship for grunge with gusto. Despite the AOR cheese of its title, the first track “Rock Me” paints a wall of fuzz a la the Smashing Pumpkins in their early days. It’s loud and raw, reminding us of how the alternative sound was less polished and whiny a decade ago. The vocals even resemble Billy Corgan’s although there are moments which recall the Cult’s Ian Astbury, namely his Jim Morrison-fueled rasp.
Speaking of the Cult, “Mudflaps” echoes that band’s propulsive hybrid of heavy metal and psychedelia; the rush of guitars at the song’s climax is quite breathtaking. “Start of Something Good” and “Realize” are both hatched from the same Seattle eggs. “Start of Something Good” opens with an ominous Soundgarden drone while the singing employs Kurt Cobain’s world-beaten roar. “Realize” is textbook Alice in Chains from the guitar-bass dynamics to the harmonies. Gumshen loses a little on “Dirty Fingers,” a song that aims for System of a Down’s breakneck pace but without the abrupt and oddly cool tempo shifts that makes them so mesmerizing. Nevertheless, Gumshen wipes the alternative scene clean from emo and let the black hole sun shine in. author: Adam Harrington
Biography: Gumshen is a hard rockin Seattle trio made up of actor-musician Ron Hippe (Almost Live!), former member of the John Cale produced band Ventilator, Jan Ciganik and son of the owner of the Seattle icon Oscar’s, Dennis McCoy. The different backgrounds of the members of the band contribute to a sound that is unique and captivating. Seattle Art Institute audio instructor Rich Hinklin, formerly of Reciprocal Recording (Nirvana, Soundgarden), helped solidify the band’s sound heard on their new EP Stew. For info and updates of Gumshen’s every move check out www.gumshen.com .