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Guyana Punch Line

Guyana Punch Line: Direkt AKtionDirekt AKtion (2003)
Prank Records

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: AmericanIdleAmericanIdle
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-There is really no way to explain this release besides the phrase "what the fuck?!" This is like nothing you've ever heard before [unless you've heard GPL in the past]. Listening to G-Punchy's third LP is like getting beaten about the head with a two-by-four. At first listen, it's less music than i.
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-There is really no way to explain this release besides the phrase "what the fuck?!" This is like nothing you've ever heard before [unless you've heard GPL in the past]. Listening to G-Punchy's third LP is like getting beaten about the head with a two-by-four. At first listen, it's less music than it is disorganized chaos with unlistenable shrieking vocals and it's best quality is the fact that it clocks in at less than twenty minutes. However, the more you listen to this, the easier it is to pick out the underlying melodies and notice how tight the band is. It took me three or four listens to really "get" this record. Once you get it, you will never be able to put it down.

Disjointed, spastic and energetic hardcore with the occasional dancy bit thrown in is largely the formula for this release. However, the band deviates from this blueprint subtly and frequently, so that things don't get stale or repetitive. The overdone and tired quiet-loud concept is used here, but both ends are so extreme that it stays fresh and very unique. It's really evident that everyone in this band is an amazing musician with incredible amounts of creativity. What my favorite song on this album is changes from week to week, a sign of its great replay value. At first the shout-along "No Contest" drew me in, then I fell in love with the more structured "Security [A Step In The Reich Direction", now my favorite cut is "Direkt Aktionists Daily Affirmation."

When it comes to lyricism, G-Punchy kick the collective ass of their hardcore contemporaries. These lyrics are anything but generic, but you'll be very hard-pressed to understand them without a lyric sheet. Once you do pick up the lyric sheet, you'll realize the sheer brilliance of lines like "The revolution will be televised/but the ratings will be poor at best/the revolution will be cancelled/due to lack of consumer interest." The lyrics are never generic and often witty and humorous. Lines like "Boost the treble for the smashist rebels/take this posture to the next level/reality is elitist" are fresh, intelligent and [most importantly] ass kicking.

I think the thing that puts Direkt Aktion notably above GPL's previous efforts is that they took the elements that made them a good band and perfected them, thus becoming an amazing band. Everything is so tight for something that seems so disorganized and discordant on the surface. Chris' screaming had improved, and the songwriting and structure seems to be better. It seems like G-Punchy have allowed other influences to slip in without diluting their brand of mayhem at all. The overall sound is darker, and the lyrics more overtly political. The production is spot on; this album packs a fucking punch, but you can hear everything that's going on with crystal clarity.

This album can be confusing and hard to categorize, but then again it would be a crime to affix any label to these guys. I really have no clue how to even describe most of the music on here, and it shows in the substandard review above. Some may define this as "emo violence" or "power violence." I have no clue what those phrases mean [although singer Chris Bickel did coin the former term], so let me put it simply; this album will kick your ass and you will love it. A record this amazing and genre redefining does not come along very often. I am reluctant to give anything a 10 out of 10, but GPL have really outdone themselves [not to mention every other band that released a new record in 2003] and created an original, engaging masterpiece. Do yourself a favor and go get this goddamn album. If you have an open mind, it could change the way you look at music.

 

 
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AmericanIdle (October 10, 2004)

Since someone brought up Chris' "other band" below, i guess i'll list his projects here, since they're all worth checking out;
In/Humanity - the fathers of Emo Violence
GPL - see review
Confederate Fagg - all-gay 80s-style metal band. horribly hilarious
Anakrid - solo project, fucking weird noise music
Newgenics - current band, sounds nothing like GPL, I/H etc. very very good

Anonymous (September 26, 2004)

SMASHISMO!

-Ken

...or let me tell you about this band called HeWhoCorrupts....

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

South Carolina EmoViolence Rules!!!

Check out Chris' other band: Confederate Fagg.

AnaMorph0sIs (September 23, 2004)

Totally wack album. Great for freakouts. Should in fact be the soundtrack to any freakout.

yellowtrash (September 22, 2004)

Great band.

AmericanIdle (September 22, 2004)

Yeah, what little i've heard of Das Oath is definately sweet.

Horrible pun, BRL.

boldredletters (September 22, 2004)

more like guyana punch? fine.

maverick (September 21, 2004)

BSD is right, Das Oath rules. Their new album is killer.

-Scott

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

dead inside is way better

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

If it were the Locust, it would get hella fuck boring after two listens.

This shit rocks, but let me tell ya about a little band called DAS OATH...

-BSD

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

I respect what GPL is trying to do, but it's still not very much fun to listen to. Sort of like The Locust.

AmericanIdle (September 21, 2004)

But such a fucking great album.

AmericanIdle (September 21, 2004)

Worst review i ever wrote.

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