Gnash Rambler – Self Titled Album Review

You might think that a loud beating Gnash Rambler running all over Canada would be enough to send people running to the hills for fear of being devoured, but it seems the Gnash Rambler may only attack the ears with guitar and drum. The Gnash Rambler was created in 2007 from a wide and varied family tree of Canadian bands; they are described as “A raging 4 piece with an arsenal of sweaty blistering three minute power post punk anthems”.  I suppose that’s a good enough description of what I have heard from the self titled album; the 12 tracks mix things up a bit with some country and humorous lyrics. The first bite comes from No One Gives A which is straight to the point, short sharp chords race over the quick nearly spoken abrupt lyrics. Then Dues & Don’ts which is a more accomplished track comes in with some nice hooks and harmonies, there is also a platform for the guitarist to show his nimble fret work mid song and overindulging slightly. The stand out track maybe Bad Karma it has some great hooks and chords to get you moving, with harmonies coming into the end of the track after some hard hitting and sometimes humorous lyrics. Gnash Rambler show there adaptability at times mixing heavy rock riffs with punk tunes, then they throw you way of course with Blues for Boogie which is an unashamedly southern country style knees up. It maybe something a little unexpected, but they do a fine job of the deliverance of such a tune.

Turning once more to a more punk fuelled sound, Jello Mould is a track that is short an sharp unlike its subject.  The album seems to switch from rock to punk and back again regularly, like contestants behind a curtain on a TV talent show before some Country and Western are thrown in for good measure to confuse you.  Pax Amerikana is a political statement that leaves the humour behind, a twanging guitar riff that’s quite sinister and imposing.

The one constant with this album is the vocal, there is very little change in the delivery which cannot be said for the music behind the voice. There seems to be three styles raising their heads throughout the album here, although it may seem unusual but it does not sound out of place because of the consistent vocal sounds. The album throws up some punchy punk sounds, gets grimy with rock riffs and lays in the hay singing some county. Does this mean you get three albums for the price of one, well If so I think all three should be worth a listen.

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