Review: Ginger Wildheart – “G.A.S.S.” August
With the arrival of the new month it feels a little like Christmas day all over again as we get to hear the new GASS tracks. So far we’ve been treated to an eclectic mixture of songs, and this month is no exception, adding every more variety.
First up is “Honour” a duet with Courtney Love. It’s a more straightforward sounding rock song than some of the other GASS tunes, but this is no bad thing. It leads to more emphasis on the vocals, which blend together really well. The song has all the features of a strong Ginger tune including that all important catchy chorus “…I will take the world by vengeance in your honour, in your honour, in your hon…na-na-na-na-na-na-na”. It’s a great start to this month’s offering.
The quality is maintained with the next track “Down The Dip”. Featuring Yolanda Quartey and Ben Janet (from the awesome Tropical Contact), this has to be one of my favourite GASS tracks so far. If “Honour” was catchy, this is as catchy as the catching world record holder in a catching competition. In other words it’s catchy as fuck. Yolanda’s vocals provide the perfect accompaniment to those of Ginger and Ben, and it has a nice up-tempo feel about it. Just when you think it’s finished there’s an instrumental breakdown before building up to the superb chorus one last time. This is one track I can imagine becoming a real fan favourite.
Speaking of potential fan favourites, the last of the August songs is “If You Find Yourself In London Town”. An acoustic number with a real “Geordie In Wonderland” feel, it finds Ginger in a reflective mood, offering advice to his younger self. I’ve already seen Ginger perform this one live at Camden Rocks earlier this year, and it seems destined to become a staple of his solo shows. It has a real ‘lighters in the air’ vibe and it’s a fantastically written and performed song.
We’re also treated to another couple of excellent demos. There’s a wildly different version of “Begin From Within” – eventually recorded for the “555%” album. An interesting listen if you’re familiar with the more polished album track. Alongside this is a song called “Melanchoholic”, a downbeat number which reminds me of Brian May-sung Queen. It builds up slowly throughout it’s 6 minute run-time and it’s brilliantly atmospheric. I wish it could’ve been given full orchestral and proper vocal track treatment.
Ginger has done it again. GASS is top quality and fantastic value for money, this must be my favourite month so far. September is going to have to pull out all the stops to trump the August offering.