GG KING - Remain Intact LP
- Label: Total Punk
- Catalog Number: TTP117
- Availability: In Stock
To call ‘Remain Intact’ the work of an auteur might not be the proper
usage of the term, but I can think of nothing else to call a piece of
art expressing a singular vision with such perfection. GG King is a band
first and foremost, but this LP is Greg King’s mind cracked open like a
melon for all of us to peer into, from the music, to the lyrics, to the
carefully constructed artwork. He’s assembled a crack unit of ATL’s
finest players to help him articulate this vision, and under the
peerless guidance of Ryan (Dinosaur) Bell they have created a record
that will appeal to any rocker with a soul, heart and/or mind. Heshers,
punkers, hardcores, powerpoppers, garage turkeys, everyone is welcome
and should find something to love here. 13 tracks clocking in at around
some of the most rewarding 40 minutes of music you’re going to listen to
this year, with a companion cassette filled with bonus material that
most bands would be releasing as their masterpiece LP.
It’s difficult to find a punk record invested with any sort of real
personality or emotional heft these days, but King somehow does just
that without sacrificing any rock’n’roll power. The title track is slice
of upbeat power-pop with a hard punk edge and a King-sized hook. “God’s
Chalk” makes me stumble for a description, and
instead just blurt out punk-death-rock-metal like some kind of boob.
“Golden Horde Rising” is straight garage thrash. Heavy stuff. Visceral
thrills aside, it’s songs like “Cul de Sac” that really get your mind
cranking – lyrical subtleties about pride in your home and neighborhood
and their defense against the spectre of evil we are all too familiar
with these days played out aside a dirgey doom-rock background. “Epoch
Rock” encapsulates the current American mindspace in a 5-minute
garage-punk song. It’s themes like this where the record truly excels –
for as much of a rocking affair it is, it also provides plenty to think
about – it’s a record indirectly about him, and therefore us – about the
fears of growing old and obsolete, the creeping darkness that looms
around the current American landscape and seeks to poke its tendrils
into our daily lives, the feeling when you realize that your life is
probably made up of more memories than it is remaining living moments.
Listen to “Timesick (Doom and Gloom Part 3)” and think hard about what
you’ve been doing with your own time. And even as though those darker
themes recur, there’s also a warmth to the whole proceeding – memories
are wonderful things to hold, and I imagine it’s by no mistake the
second to last song is a Carbonas tune Greg wrote twenty years ago with
his now departed friend BJ Womack, here given a wonderful reprise. And
look no further than the insert picture of the band and their families
laying together in what I like to the think is the same cul de sac
referred to earlier. That’s what this record is really about – no matter
what tidal wave of shit is barreling down at all of us these days,
don’t let it wash away your life, your soul, what you live for, who you
live for – remain intact against it all. REMAIN INTACT.
It’s not very often I leave my cave these days and let the sun touch my
decrepit form, but crawling to the mailbox to retrieve this LP was a
rewarding experience, and trust me, it will be for you as well."- Rich
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