8A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 16, 1996
God Street Wine's latest release 'Red' makes for a refreshing tastQ
God Street Wine
Lately it seems that "new" music is
nothing but rehashed od '60s and '70s
rock groups that frankly, weren't all that
great to begin with.
Even worse, a lot of that music is a
poor imitation of groups who were
rehashing that old music five years ago.
Either way, it's bad.
Now we all know that every band has
influences, and every band borrows
from a plethora of past styles, genres
and what not, but it's the direction they
go with those influences and what they
bring to those styles that makes the
music more than just new cute faces
playing old Nirvana songs.
So who, you may ask, will save the
listening public from buying the same
album again and again with just a dif-
ferent band on the cover? God Street
Wine has raised its collective
hand. Sure, you'll recog-
nize all the delectable
styles that are on
God Street Wine's
latest menu, but
you've never seen
them in these
this exact way. Soul,
bluegrass, funk, rock
- you name it, they got
it - and all wrapped up in
catchy little pop tunes. Every time
a new song comes on and you think
you've got it figured out, they pull a
180 on you and rip into something that's
like nothing else on the album. It's hip,
it's happenin', it's now, and it's deli-
Perhaps the most intriguing fact of
all is that God Street Wine
manages to bring their
own sense of unity
to all these styles.
Eddie Vedder will
tell you that it's
hard to experi-
ment with a vast
amount of new
styles and ideas
and come out with
an album that sounds
like a single work and not
a compilation. "Red," however,
pulls it off with an underlying groove
that tells you that they know where
they're at and where they're going.
God Street Wine is the refreshing
new taste that you've been looking for.
With so many styles to choose from in
just one band, they gotta have some-
thing for everyone. Sure everybody
loves Taco Bell, but nobody should be
forced to eat there every day.
Please Kill Yourself So I Can
Take some drums that hit like gun-
shots to the stomach, some harsh gui-
tar-like things and layer some sweetly
melodious vocals over them and
you've got some very listenable Love
"Please Kill Yourself So I can Rock"
is their second album, and it is a worthy
continuation of their chorus and
rhythm-driven sound. The opening
track, "Bummer," is sort of a reinterpre-
tation of the traditional summer love
ode. The lyrics "Winter time, summer
time / Every day is bummer time when
you're around" may be more of an
inversion than a reinterpretation, but the
whole feel of the song leads inexorably
towards the conclusion that traditions
are somehow or other being dealt with
"Ball and Chain" has the staccato
delivery of INXS's "Mediate" (which
was itself derived in some small way
from Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick
Blues") in the verses, but has a melodic
chorus as well that makes the verses
stand out to an even greater extent.
Singer Dave Unger's vocals actually
tend towards being delivered in tight lit-
tle packets of modular brilliance. "Big
Tower of White Noise" is an especiall
brilliant example, with the cho
("White tower, tower of noise") being
delivered in a fun scraggy voice, with
the verse parts delivered in Unger's nor-
mal breathy pocket style. And you can
march to it pretty well.
"Please Kill Yourself So I Can Rock"
is different from almost any album out.
Get some of this rhythm and noise for
yourself and discover the joy it can
bring to your heart. It is, after all,
parade music for the unconventional.*
- Ted W
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