Review: Ginger Wildheart – “G.A.S.S.” October
And so we reach the halfway point of Ginger Wildheart’s 12 month odyssey known as GASS. Thus far the quality of the output on a monthly basis has more than justified the £30 yearly subscription, and has been universally praised for its diversity, as well as its consistency. However, you would be forgiven for wondering at what point the quality would inevitable have to drop, after all Ginger is only human. Thankfully month 6 has not been the point where that happened, although for a variety of reasons it has split opinion.
The three tracks released for October are, as expected, excellent. Don’t Stop Loving The Music is a fist pumping anthem with a hugely upbeat and exciting tempo. The track has a big stadium feel to it which again demonstrates Ginger’s versatility. The Whiskey and You is a ballad which has the feel of a breakup song to it, and certainly finds Ginger in a much more contemplative mood. The final track of the three singles is Ostracide, a much heavier effort with a classic Wildhearts style chorus. All three have an over-arching element of 90s style indie rock which makes for an enjoyable ride, and another excellent month on the singles front.
In terms of bonus material, October is as chock-a-block with exciting stuff to get your teeth into. Bloodlust, a Venom cover, is an excellent Mutation style riffy classic, while Molly O Lindy is a rock n roll thrill ride originally intended for Alice Cooper, but never realised. Of course there is as always Ginger’s horror recommendation (in this case the particularly excellent Flesh for Frankenstein), and a podcast to follow later in the month due to touring commitments.
Unfortunately, in many respects Ginger is a victim of his own genius. September was excellent, with The Pendine Incident being viewed as one of the best things Ginger has done in many years , and in a sense this month was always going to be seen as something of a letdown initially. However, over time this month may prove to be something that has a large degree of longevity, and one of the more underrated and varied months of the GASS adventure.
In my opinion this is another cracking month from Mr Wildheart. It may not have been as universally adored as the previous month on first listen, but I think it will get that sort of love soon enough. It would be hard for a release of this quality not to get those sorts of plaudits, even if it takes a little while to garner that level of acceptance.