Punknews.org
Gorilla Biscuits - Start Today (Cover Artwork)

Gorilla Biscuits

Gorilla Biscuits: Start TodayStart Today (1989)
Revelation Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
User Rating:


Contributed by: haggard1onehaggard1one
(others by this writer | submit your own)

If you're looking for a consistantly good hardcore band, look no further than Gorilla Biscuits. While they unfortunately disbanded after only one EP and this CD, these few mementos of their existance show us what a hardcore band can strive for. GB had positive lyrics, heavy and fast music, and notab.
iTunes StoreAmazon


If you're looking for a consistantly good hardcore band, look no further than Gorilla Biscuits. While they unfortunately disbanded after only one EP and this CD, these few mementos of their existance show us what a hardcore band can strive for. GB had positive lyrics, heavy and fast music, and notable talent. Along with a few other bands from their native New York, Gorilla Biscuits is credited for starting a new hardcore movement, similar to what Minor Threat did in the early 80's.

Not only a straight-edge band, GB made it a point to make all of their songs positive statements for change. This was one of the things that got them recognition for starting a movement, as the earlier hardcore bands that had mostly died out were also incredibly violent. It's clear the band was ready for a change, though they were a bit too late anyway. Hardcore is an extremely one-dimensional genre, so the impact they made was less than that of bands like Black Flag and others.

The CD starts off with "New Direction," which is a great song with a title that clearly states GB's focus. The listener will immediately notice what a great voice Civ has; it fits perfectly with the heavy melodies of the band's dual guitarists. "Things We Say" is a surprising melodic interlude that still hits extremely hard and is one of my personal favorites. As the CD progresses it becomes apparent that the band rarely slows down. In fact, the only track they let up on is "Start Today," which even has a short harmonica part for some reason. The last two tracks are incredibly fast and brutal; a fitting ending to the band's career.

If you're looking for a new hardcore band in the vein of Minor Threat, definitely check out the Gorilla Biscuits. I haven't heard their EP but it's probably equally as good as this CD. It's a shame that this band wasn't around longer, but I think they did what they needed to do and that's all that matters. These fourteen tracks are a testament to truly great American punk music.

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Minor Threat - Complete DiscographyDescendents - Milo Goes To CollegeOperation Ivy - Operation IvyJawbreaker - 24 Hour Revenge TherapyKid Dynamite - Kid DynamiteAgainst Me! - is Reinventing Axl RoseGorilla Biscuits - Gorilla BiscuitsThe Clash - London CallingKid Dynamite - Shorter, Faster, LouderAgainst Me! - As The Eternal Cowboy

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Nomorekidsagain (July 24, 2013)

And the haters hate ... actually I just stumbled over them after listening to Minor Threat on Spotify, kind of this amazon recommendation thing led me to them (if you like MT you might as well blabla). And actually, I fully second the writers opinion - if you like MT you will like GB. So I assume correctly everybody here bashing them bash MT as well?!?

I think (not everything though) this is pretty classic kick ass shit and the great songs are really great even after 100 times listening to them

thurstonXwhore (February 13, 2007)

"These guys and Bold were the two most over-rated NYHC bands of the class of 88. Seriously, they were nothing to write home about compared to their peers- Youth Of Today, Breakdown, Sick of it All, Warzone, Crippled Youth (pre-Bold band), and Agnostic Front. Heck, the joke band Project X OWNS everything GB ever released"

Agnostic Front? Get your shit together you hopeless clown.

Posicore? I don't give a fuck, it's all good. Civ's got a great voice and the other biscuits do it justice. Even more so than Minor Threat's material, this shit just makes me want to jump around.

kill_fftl (July 29, 2006)

gettin high is for cool kids

Anonymous (February 9, 2006)

I don't know who this cat is doing this review... My buddy Tony had this album he bought and we were all like who cares... he went on a road trip and in May 90 we drove down to Norwalk, Ct to the Anthrax and saw GB. To this day that show goes down in history for me as one of the greatest... I was hooked on GB that whole summer and still listen to Start Today like never before... These guys were the greatest straight-edge band of all time when straight-edge guys weren't a bunch of fuckin' pussies... they stood for something that will never be captured ever again... If you never heard of Gorilla Biscuits than you ain't hardcore... if you want a taste of what the scene was like back then, listen to this album until you fucking hate it... if hardcore is in your blood you never will... fuck that homo who reviewed this album... you don't know shit... go back and listen to your fag emo crap... GB did what they did because they were the real deal.

Anonymous (January 28, 2006)

if you want minor threat style bands check out youth of today if you havent already

Anonymous (January 20, 2006)

oh my god where can i hear this band again they're ace i live for them they rock god damn i never beat down so hard as to them love me xxxxxxxx

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

they broke up. walter has a new band called walking concert.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

what happened to Rival Schools?

Anonymous (February 21, 2005)

Props to whoever wrote "Degrgaydation".

Straight edge is for white males who desperately want people to care.

kenjamin (February 21, 2005)

I live with 4 straight edge kids. I get firestormed every day!

Just kidding, they're cool.

Anonymous (February 21, 2005)

straight edge lyrics blow but i love the energy its a love hate relationship

Anonymous (February 21, 2005)

Amazing that nobody has noticed that Goldfinger's new album rips off the Gorilla Biscuits logo... check the top review for proof.

lushj (February 21, 2005)

"X-mas Time for the Skins" is pretty darn Crucial too!

lushj (February 21, 2005)

I'm as straight as the line that you sniff up your nose,
I'm as hard as the booze that you swill down your throat,
I'm as bad as the shit you breathe into your lungs,
And I'll fuck you up as fast as the pill [beat] on your tongue!

Score's for the best straight edge song ever, even better than Slapshot's "Straight Edge Straight Edge In Your Face" chant/song!

bizzlebrizzle (February 21, 2005)

Crucial Youth is the most positve posicore band EVER!

lushj (February 21, 2005)

Straight edge joke band rankings... GO!

1. Project X
2. Crucial Youth
3. Grudge
4. Good Clean Fun

Anonymous (February 21, 2005)

walter scriefles wrote the whole CIV- set your goals

Anonymous (February 21, 2005)

"Degrgaydation"

My ass is loose, your ass is tight
How can you say being gay isn´t right?
A straight guys way to find some friends
You look like a fag, but that´s where it ends
True, they´re always at our shows, and still they won´t admit
That we have nice asses and huge fucking dicks
They wish they were gay, you know what I mean?
Straight boring losers, you de-gay our scene

I wish you would lick my ass and be queer with me
There´s no good side to your hetero scene
gays beat down, for standing up
In your straight face I´ll bust a nut
Shit, you look like fags we know, except you´re not a queer
How about my dick in your tight, straight rear?
I guess it´s your right, to keep your ass tight
If you let me fuck you, you would go gay tonight

Don´t fool yourself cause you don´t fool me
It´s not just gays you hate, it´s everything you see
Gay, Bi, Dyke, Trans, whoever´s in your way
What a boring life, never being gay!

You got nothing but hatred!
Gay...hatred!

Anonymous (February 21, 2005)

posicore is gay.

gayrilla biscuits > gorillia biscuits

lushj (February 20, 2005)

These guys and Bold were the two most over-rated NYHC bands of the class of 88. Seriously, they were nothing to write home about compared to their peers- Youth Of Today, Breakdown, Sick of it All, Warzone, Crippled Youth (pre-Bold band), and Agnostic Front. Heck, the joke band Project X OWNS everything GB ever released!

That said, the first CIV record is fucking great, and the GB track on "NY Hardcore the Way It Is" is darn good. It's rad that it's still in print.

http://revhq.com/store.revhq?Page=search&Id=REV007

kenjamin (February 20, 2005)

There's some rant about Inside Out in an issue of Heartattack on the Ebullition website if you're interested.

Anonymous (February 20, 2005)

Thanks for the inside out info, anonymous!

soulbleed (February 20, 2005)

score for this review was too low. i'm adjusting it.

Anonymous (February 20, 2005)

inside out was around for just a few years, from around 88 or 89 till 91. they broke up right before they were going to record their first full length (which was to be called "rage against the machine"). people who saw them claim they were one of the best live bands ever. either their bassist or their drummer (i forget which) was also in chain of strength. their guitarist, vic, went on to be in 108 (who were excellent) and he played on the mediocre burn reunion EP. inside out only made one EP, which is on revelation and is pretty damn good. that's all there is, but if you look online, you can find a lot of live recordings of songs that would have been on that full length that was never recorded. they allegedly broke up because while on tour with quicksand and shelter, ray cappo converted vic to harre krishna leading him to quit the band and play in shelter for a while and then start 108 (who were krishna). that's all i know about them, there's no web site i know of.

Anonymous (February 20, 2005)

inside out...no spiritual surrender....its not that great as Gorilla Biscuits, YOuth of today etc

Anonymous (February 20, 2005)

Speaking of old Revelation bands... does anyone know enough to tell me about Inside Out, Zach de la Rocha's old band? I'm curious. Mp3 links would be fantastic, if available.

Anonymous (February 20, 2005)

In my opinion, this is the best Hardcore album ever released, or at least the best of the New York bunch; Sick of it All never made a record like this one, nor Agnostic Front did, nor Youth of Today, and, of course, not the Cro-Mags.
It's fast, mean, agressive, but impressively melodic. You can find influences from Minor Threat ("Out of Step" era), 7 Seconds, Dag Nasty, and even trails of South Californian pals like Descendents or Bad Religion.
Almost every song here is a classic (i don't think "First Failure" is as good as the others, though)

TheOneTrueBill (February 20, 2005)

Alright, I borrowed this from a friend of mine, and I definitly like it.

Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

Gayrilla Biscuits is the best band name ever.

Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

Damn good CD, although I liked the EP a little bit better. The EP was recorded a lot rawer and less produced. And those moments when Civ's voice gives out while screaming...they just get to me nostalgically.

Tom McClintock
California State Senator
19th District

dazed (February 19, 2005)

Quicksand and the first CIV album were awesome too. Thirteen Day Getaway, well, not so much. I haven't heard Rival Schools oddly enough.

hobbitcore (February 19, 2005)

The last song, Gorilla Biscuits is the fastest song I've ever heard, well either that or Bad Brains "Banned in D.C" or Minor Threats "Out of Step (With the World)".

you must not listen to very much music

Fuzzy (February 18, 2005)

This review was good. Rather than being lathered with old, jaded, scenester (in the non-offensive use of the word) talk, it sounds like a kid who just recently heard it and wanted to share their opinion.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

sorry about the 9. but i dont give out 10's. its how i rate music an chicks. i know i suck. oh well

- Oh someones a stud.............bullshit

bizzlebrizzle (February 18, 2005)

Am I the only person that likes everything that came from Gorilla Biscuits?

Civ?
Quicksand?
Rival Schools?

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

quicksand was fucking lame

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

The last song, Gorilla Biscuits is the fastest song I've ever heard, well either that or Bad Brains "Banned in D.C" or Minor Threats "Out of Step (With the World)". Nice day of reviews.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

"quicksand was lame
gorilla biscuits and Civ rule"

Quicksand was not lame.

Archangel (February 18, 2005)

"this is what hardcore bands need to sound like"

Yeah, let's just have a scene where bands make the same music for decades on end.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

Review sucks so bad. GB deserves more thought than that and a 10.

opivykid (February 18, 2005)

This cd destroys. 10 by far.

A 10 also for the CIV song "Gang Opinion"

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

..and by the way, this totally deserves a ten, if for nothing else than the song "First Failure"...

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

Fuck, I love this record. When I was at my first punk show in Buenos Aires, I felt totally isolated (mostly because I suck at spanish) but then one of the bands on stage played "new direction" and all the kids sang along in english. It felt really surreal - just like a show at home, but I was 3000 miles away and didn't know anybody.

Never doubt the power of the biscuits!
-Ken

Psychoos231 (February 18, 2005)

Now thats what I'm talking about, good shit

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

This band is one of the greatest hardcore groups ever. Simple as that.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

Was the self titled album an ep? I thought it was also a full length. Start today is definately the better of the two.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

quicksand was lame
gorilla biscuits and Civ rule

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

Remember that CIV video for "Wait One Minute More"?

That part with Lou singing in the TV from jail was awesome.

Score is for that video.

-sickboi

punkcorekid (February 18, 2005)

They got the name Gorilla Biscuits from a popular drug in their neighborhood....funny stuff. They have the best artwork of any band. This album is flippin sweet.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

Please don't ever (ever ever ever) do another review

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

Score is for CIV's second album

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

why is there no mention of Walter, Quicksand, or Civ?????

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

Yo sucka you got a big mouth! buhdum buhm!

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

HARDCORE PRIDE!!!!
Amazing album, amazing band, classic old school hardcore the way it should be done. 10's all round

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

still no mention of CIV???

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

Awesome band.

joeg (February 18, 2005)

Gorilla Biscuits are essential. good review.

haggard1one (February 18, 2005)

sorry about the 9. but i dont give out 10's. its how i rate music an chicks. i know i suck. oh well

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

I wanted to buy it a year ago but somehow I totally forgot... A few click on Interpunk after, the problem is resolved. Hope this is as good as people say!

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

gorilla biscuits and youth of today are awesome bands

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

a 10 not a 9. my second favorite hardcore record of all time (after minor threat's complete discography), and new direction is without question my fav hardcore song of all time.

absolute genius.

TheOneTrueBill (February 18, 2005)

I could never get into too many Youth Crew bands. It mainly passed me right over. I need to check out GB again though, it's been awhile since I heard them.

notfeelingcreative (February 18, 2005)

They just don't make 'em like this anymore. Do they?

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

a real essential hardcore Album, Hardcore tunes that no one can produce better

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

amazing.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

the link provided as their homepage is hilarious. reminds me of the heyday of geocities

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

this is what hardcore bands need to sound like

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

i love this CD

FortyMinutesWest (February 18, 2005)

This record deserves a ten, easily.

kenjamin (February 18, 2005)

That song "animal song" by walking concert is on repeated listen forever. Holy shit i love great adventure.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

yes, walterwas in this band, along with 100 other bands.

but this album is the defining 88 posi core album.

im shocked how the was no mention of CIV though.

and raised fist do a wicked version of new direction.

and cats and dogs havs some of the best pro veggie lyrics put to wax.

bizzlebrizzle (February 18, 2005)

Reviewer sucks dick for giving this a 9!

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

This post need more GOD DAMN ATTENTION. THIS GOD DAMN GUERILLA BISCUITS!!!!!

kenjamin (February 18, 2005)

Was walter schriefels (sp?) in this band?

dazed (February 18, 2005)

awesome!

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

No, 10 stars. A perfect album. Own it or miss out!

I'll just try my best. You...nothing!

theundergroundscene (February 17, 2005)

yesssssssssssssss

Chris_xxx (February 17, 2005)

Gorilla Biscuits own me.

Exclusive Streams

Sponsored


Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go