Review: Ginger Wildheart – “G.A.S.S.” December
As we reach the end of the year, there is time for one final instalment of GASS before we close the book on 2014. Looking back, it has been quite the year for Ginger Wildheart, and his associated secret society. We have had highs, and remarkably few lows, with a deluge of excellent content which his adoring fanbase have lapped up with vigour. However, as each new month arrives, I always find myself asking if this is month where things take a dip. Well, I’m happy to report that December is not that month, and in terms of GASS, 2014 is going out with a bang.
One of the most popular tracks Ginger has released as part of the GASS project has been The Pendine Incident, and one of the main reasons it was so well accepted was how different it was from anything ginger had done previously. In many ways it seems like Ginger is pushing his limits and continuing to test himself with new styles, new accompanying musicians, and tackling a huge variety of genres. December’s offering is once again a step onto less familiar ground, and we are all the better for it.
First up is The Last Days of Summer, a reflective ballad looking at the halcyon days of summer, with a wonderful piano melody and a catchy chorus. Toxins and Tea could almost be a Christmas song, such is the style and mood of it; folky without ever veering too far in that direction, imbued with a certain warmth and emotion that gives it a really festive feel. Finally, we have Adrenalina which is a more rock orientated track, with a pulsating riff which would not have seemed out of place on an early Wildhearts album, with its chant friendly chorus, and punk tone. A cracking way to finish 2014.
As usual, the 3 singles are not the only thing on offer for your £3 a month. December’s demos include American Man, something of an anthem in the key of Springsteen yet with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek, and Signs, which would eventually morph into the wonderful Baby Skies on the 555% triple album.
In addition, this month we have a podcast with Ginger focusing on his time recording in Hollywood recently, his thoughts on an award show he attended while there (including a chance meeting with a certain Mr Henry Rollins), a mammoth Q&A session, a look at the legacy of the criminally underrated Bad Brains as part of Ginger’s secret history of Rock ‘N Roll, as well as the usual horror corner feature.
December is jam packed full of new and interesting content with three very strong singles, some fun demos, and a plethora of other interesting content to keep any Ginger Wildheart fan amused for hours on end. Christmas has indeed come early, and with any luck 2015 will be starting in much the same fashion.