I wasn't such a fan of the Live at the Earl single that came out back in July. The idea was cool, the choice of songs covered (Roky Erickson's "I Walked With a Zombie" and Nick Cave's "Deanna") was excellent, and the sound quality was pretty damn good. But I get defensive when people start butchering Nick Cave songs, and the lack of control the group displayed that Halloween night did not do the song any justice. Same goes for the Roky side.
But I'm digressing here. "She's A Trap" recalibrates the group's public image with a cautionary tale wrapped around the kind of pub rock circa ’79 that put Gentleman Jesse on the map in the first place. The song is competent and get's right to the point, but doesn't throw any surprise punches.
On the B-side, "I Won't Say Goodbye" is a slower number that's a bit more robust as it fleshes out the group's personality. The telltale formula is hard at work here, but it's played much slower than usual, and draws out a weary narrative that's a bit more complicated than just a simple phrase repeated over and over again. And if you're not paying attention you might miss the understated organ wash that reveals itself on the down stroke. If anything, "I Won't Say Goodbye" doesn't feel so much like a bridge, but a signpost offering a sneak peek at what lies on the road ahead for Gentleman Jesse.
The track list is pretty comprehensive and kicks off with "I Don't Wanna Know (where you been tonight)" and moves forward through Gentlaman Jesse sides from his split single with Rob's House, and even includes his song from the Die Slaughterhaus Records seasonal single "Christmas Hangover" — all reappropriated and repackaged for the collector. There's some unreleased stuff on there as well.
So if tracking down those small run and long out-of-print singles wasn't enough of a challenge for you, here's an all new obscurity for your hard-earned dollars. And of course, hearing theses songs being played on cassette tape gives them an all new fidelity to sink your ears into.
Attention! The cassette tape is limited to only 250 copies. So if you're into that sort of thing you can get it through Burger Records, but it probably won't be around for too long at all.
ooooohhhh, I'm so excited!! I can't wait to see them together!
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…
Yes, 14 is the correct answer. I'll pass your info along to the group's manager,…
That was January of 2007, and they are 21 now, so I'm guessing 14?