Review: Ginger Wildheart – “G.A.S.S.” February
As we reach the business end of the GASS project, it’s hard not to look back with a sense of whimsy and nostalgia at the smorgasbord of brilliant content Ginger Wildheart has made available to his subscribers. The consistency of the tracks and all of the extras and bonus titbits has been phenomenal, and you would be forgiven for thinking that the final couple of months would feature the leftovers from whatever material Ginger had recorded throughout the year. However, you’d be dead wrong, as Mr Wildheart has produced another stonking month for GASS members.
The February singles are, as expected, excellent. First up is No-One Smiled At Me Today, a song which pretty much encapsulates the stylistic elements of Ginger’s solo work in the past few years, using a big riff, mixed with a catchy hook, some nice keyboards, and some deep and meaningful lyrics, in this case focusing on the artificial nature of the music industry. While it might seem like it’s a predictable blueprint, Ginger manages to make it seem as fresh and enjoyable as ever, without re-treading old ground.
The second track, the excellently named Hot Piss, is a barnburner of a song, with big heavy riffs, and an anarchic arrangement mixed with some seriously funky overtones. Inspirations from Cardiacs and maybe a dash of Faith No More seep through, and with the vocal manipulation used, this wouldn’t have been out of place on Error 500 from the Mutation project.
The third and final track is Caer Urfa, which is a more folksy number in keeping with the tracks from earlier months, with Ginger in a more reflective mood. This feels like a nostalgic, gently melancholic affair with lyrics extolling the virtues of the North East, as well as lamenting the closure of multiple music venues. A fantastically contrasting end to this month’s singles, this once again shows the incredible range and reach of Ginger’s seemingly limitless musical talents.
In addition to the singles, there are two fantastic demos in the form of Frankenstein 2000, another of the ill-fated Alice Cooper demos, and Without Emotion, which would eventually appear on Givvi Flynn’s album Thieving From The Magpies Nest. It should be noted on both that the production values are excellent, especially considering these are in the demo section.
As always, this month there are tons of extra features to keep even most the ardent Ginger fan busy. From his podcast, to the hilarious Q&A section, a look at some classic 80’s Italian horror, and an in-depth look at two highly underrated bands in the form of Granddaddy and Toadies, as part Ginger’s Secret History of Rock N Roll. I know this seems like I’m repeating myself every month, but you really couldn’t ask for much more for your money, just phenomenal value. With only two months left, it’s astonishing that Ginger has managed to be this consistent, and if he can continue in this vain for the remaining months, it will prove a truly remarkable feat. Roll on March!