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CD Gay Paris The Last Good Party review

gay paris

the last good party

2013

 

DIRTY ROCK FOR THE DARKEST NIGHT

 

This is just what you need by your side on a dark and stormy night, filthy rock and roll with dark fairy tale lyrics and enough real menace to unnerve you if it sat next to you at the bar. The bar is after all probably the next best place to catch these guys outside a live show.

 

 


First thing you are struck by when you play this one is that it sounds like an album from the days when vinyl ruled, that’s not to say it’s anachronistic, just that it has that weight and that everything from the packaging and the artwork feels right and that’s before the brain scrambling experience of the actual music.

 

 


Opener ‘Ash Wednesday Boudoir Party’ has a riff that broods and drips, before the vocals eat you alive. It’s the best possible introduction to a band that beats rock and roll and all its many dark genres into submission. Musically it’s a Frankenstein concoction of rock, blues, sleaze, swamp and horror pop, and is altogether irresistible.

 

 


Tracks like ‘Jubilee Down Crow Beach’ are what rock and roll is meant to be like, unfettered and free and a little disturbing, like Tom Waits on vacation in a haunted house high on whiskey, sleep deprivation and bad dreams.

 

 


It doesn’t end there though; this is a wicked trip where every stop is worth the wait. Tracks that shine most are last year’s single: ‘The Demarcation of Joseph Hollybone’; the fire and brimstone of ‘Minotaur: Shibboleth Brooks No Brotherhood’ and the remarkably restrained and slightly funky ‘The Gospel According to Blood and Bone’.

 

 


This is an experience you need to have: enter the tortured soul of Gay Paris.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

GAY PARIS THE LAST GOOD PARTY CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013