GAMMA GOOCHIES, THE: Return to Planet Beer: CD

Sep 17, 2018

This record makes a concerted effort to harken back to the sound of rockabilly, with some added hard rock and garage rock influence. Their approach is generally admirable and includes some really slick soloing and adequately gruff vocals, but after making it through the first few tracks the project seemed uninteresting. The band’s performance is super tight and they really do get the sound down right, but this thing just feels likes another classic Southern rock homage I really don’t need. Highlights like “Two Arms” and “Melinda” manage to pleasantly disrupt the formula, but don’t come close to saving the record from blandness. This isn’t terrible, but I don’t ever want to listen to it again. –Anna Farr (Self-released)