GEARS, THE - Let's go to the beach / Don't be afraid to pogo 7"
- Label: Munster
- Catalog Number: MR7311
- Availability: In Stock
Reissue of this California punk classic on Spain’s Munster Records. The Gears’ Rockin’ at Ground Zero is a personal favorite, but I’d only heard this 7” in passing. The two best songs on Ground Zero
appear here—“Let’s Go to the Beach” and “Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo”—and I
think these versions beat the ones on the LP. They’re a little rawer,
with a primitive studio sound that reminds me of the 60s. It sounds
similar to the way bands like the Sonics were recorded, and the raw
sound puts the emphasis on the Gears’ knack for writing a great chorus
hook. The one exclusive track, “Hard Rock,” doesn’t have as memorable a
melody as the two classics, but what it lacks in catchiness it makes up
for with speed and power. Maybe this isn’t an all-time classic punk 45,
but if your interest in early US punk extends beyond the Dangerhouse
catalog, this is well worth checking out.
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