Debut full-length from Gazebos, a band made up of members of other bands, including Butts, Spurm, and Bread & Butter. As well as their own indie-garage-pop originals, the band also cover a track by Suburban Lawns and a song from the Grease soundtrack (because why not?). Die Alone is released on the Hardly Art label.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 23 February 2016
Man, I don’t know. Does this record even have any hooks or are they just retroactively photoshopping them into the songs? How the fuck do any of these songs even stay glued together? Gazebos begin on a song that’s an excuse for a reason to go eat cheesecake -- called “Just Get High”, you’d be excused for assuming it’d be a straightforward Wavves/Best Coast supercut, but it actually jaunts along from a Sleater-Kinney structure into an insistent, droning chorus (after twisting through melodies and guitar crashes: “Why. Can’t. We. Just. GET. HIGH?”). From there, it kinda feels like Gazebos have proved they can be trusted with their own operation, and so they wander off from the tour, visiting in on whatever sound they please.
They get a bit Talking Heads with the arpeggiated chords, backsliding grooves and cosy wahs of “Maintenance”. The psychedelic oscillations of “I Don’t Wanna Be Here” get coated over with a pantomimic pop song that swaps vocal duties like a protagonist being propped up by a modern day Greek chorus. Later, the band go full on stage-play with an adaptation of Grease’s “There Are Worse Things That I Could Do”, jangling their way through a summer pop classic with chords struck like the Cairo Gang, all the while keeping its huge emotions at the surface. I feel like the Gazebos have discovered the performative power garage rock can have, believing in it both for its melodic directness and its penchant for, to quote a snooker commentator or two, characters.
This record is being acted out, and that’s just swell. Gimme sequels.
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