Album Review: The Gaggers – “Blame You”
Regulars at the infamous Some Weird Sin gig nights in London, this is the second album from The Gaggers. Essentially, it’s the sort of snotty foul-minded evil-sounding bad-ass rock ‘n’ roll that people who have a fondness for The Stooges and The Dead Boys will go suitably ape-wire for from the instant opener Steal Your Girl swaggers into the party to announce that this one is gonna get messy very quickly.
Blame You is 10 tracks and 30 minutes of lean, fat-free glam-influenced scuzz-punk which barrels through on supremely cocksure attitude, flashy guitar riffs and snarled vocals to leave you wondering just what the heck that was, but in a good way. It’s that sort of “every guy in this bar wants to be me, every girl in this bar wants to sleep with me” cockiness that so many bands try to pull off but so few succeed in managing (tellingly, this album reminds me a lot of King Adora, one of the last bands to really pull off this trick properly). From the manic Stiv-style assault of Sharp Lies to the scuzzed-up Stones swagger of Deface Me through to the epic closer Make A Mess (Outta You), this album has attitude, riffs and tunes to spare.
Trashy, nasty and with minds as dirty as an East End sewer, The Gaggers are the sort of band that there’s sadly too few of these days. This is proper get in, say what you’ve gotta say and split before the authorities arrive rock ‘n’ roll, just like it should be. Definitely recommended.
Yes, they wear their Thunders/Stiv/Iggy influences quite obviously on their sleeves but like I've always said, there's nothing wrong with a spot of musical pilfering as long as it's a) done well and b) done with sufficient respect paid to the originals, and The Gaggers pass quite comfortably on both counts there thanks very much. Blame You is simply half an hour of very bad fun with swagger, tunes and glamour oozing from every note, and is definitely well worth a look.