Review: Ginger Wildheart – “G.A.S.S.” July
Ginger Wildheart’s G.A.S.S. project is now in full swing, with the first two months having gone down a storming success, month three is now upon us. Ginger’s rabid fan base devours his output with gusto, and this month will surely be no different.
The first of this month’s three tracks is What Would Henry Rollins do?, a seemingly anecdotal tale of trying to write a song, only to morph into a true life story of Ginger’s attempts to contact the former Black Flag man to appear on the song, and his less than agreeable response. This is an upbeat number with a nice hook and some excellent riffs, typifying the sort of razor sharp wit and relatable sensibilities that Ginger is best known for.
However, the second track takes a much more introspective tone, in the form of Do You?, a song that seems to deal more intensively and in a far more head-on a fashion with the tricky subject of depression and suicide than most artists would dare. It’s strange, because the melody is quite bouncy and light, which works weirdly well in contrast with the darker lyrics ending up with a sort of wistful melancholy.
The third and final track is perhaps the one which is likely to create the most controversy and generate the most discussion. Petite Mort is a massive left turn when compared to anything else that the G.A.S.S. sessions have produced, with Yolanda Quartey being drafted in to provide a big, soulful vocal on the track, and while the lyrical content has all the hallmarks of a Ginger song, the personnel change provides a very different sound, with echoes of classic Tina Turner permeating every inch of this track. Different, but certainly not unwelcome.
This month’s demos are also a highlight, with the long awaited Patience and Gratitude making its first formal appearance after having been heard in the background of a number of Ginger pledge update videos, while Friction In My System is a song Ginger wrote for Alice Cooper, which is evident in the style from the opening riff.
In addition to the music, July brings the usual horror corner, podcast, and a whole boatload of other content to keep you amused throughout the month. Ginger continues to offer incredible value for money to his subscribers, and is amazingly maintaining the quality of the output on offer each month.