“Get the Gore”
Gore Gore Girls
While the Raveonettes have successfully reawakened the dreamy, girl-group soulfulness of the ’50s and ’60s, the Gore Gore Girls are here to remind us there was a raw, rebellious side to that era as well.
“Get the Gore” is a rollicking blast from the past — a sound like go-go dancers emerging from the garage. When the band is named after a ’70s grindhouse classic, you should expect nothing less than a no-bullshit attitude and a bit of danger desperately lacking in today’s version of rock.
The raucous, vintage rock ’n’ roll of “Loaded Heart” aptly showcases the reasons why so many got into the genre in the first place, and why its popularity persists to this day. But as much Motown as they are Ramones, the Gores also add girly harmonies and hand claps that contrast beautifully with the rumbling guitars. Even a cheeky, good-time song like “Sweet Potato” is held in check with some dirty licks.
It’s not all beaches and letterman jackets, though. The sharply-worded “Pleasure Unit,” asserting one’s independence, is appropriately housed in a thumping, howling rocker.
A throwback like this is a nice reaffirmation of where so much of today’s music came from, and why it’s important not to forget.