Sunday, March 09, 2008


Mr. Greg Ginn has yet another new ensemble who'll soon be releasing their debut album. They go by the name of (gulp) JAMBANG... and ya know what? They're good! You can hear some tracks at their MySpace site here. Yeah, OK, you hear the term "jamband" and you think white-boy frat kids w/ dreadlocks, bongs and 'Dead posters on their wall; or perhaps you think Dave Matthews Band and the John Butler Trio. Whatever the case, it's probably not good. Jambang sound more like a droney, elongated take on 'Flag ca. '85, or late-'80s Meat Puppets: lots of intertwining guitar lines playing off each other like Verlaine/Lloyd w/ a creepy piano backdrop. There's even a drugged-out psych groove throughout some of the jams, as shown on their standout track, "Of The Moment", and you try to telling me that song hasn't got a total Velvets/Spacemen 3/Wooden Shjips vibe running throughout its veins. I dig it, a lot. The album's out soon, and I'd say it's highly likely you'll be able to download the whole thing for free via one of Ginn's sites, much as you could w/ the Gone, Mojack and Texas Corrugators (a great platter, by the way) discs from last year. I think you'll be surprised...

3 comments:

Mrow said...

This is phenomenal news - thanks for the heads-up. This mature Ginn gtr thing is turning out to be a great, great friend to my inner ear.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip!

Can you *really* download those other records for free? Where???!!! I looked on the SST Superstore site but couldn't find anything...

Dave said...

Yes, you can download the full things for free. Go to www.gregginn.com and you'll see where to go... just click on the different bands and go to "music" and it'll ive you the option to download. I'm not in the habit of recommending that people download albums at all, but if Greg doesn't mind...