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Geek Maggot Bingo - THIS IS THIS this ain't something else THIS IS THIS

  • Written by  Debbie Sheringham

For anyone who hasn't been fortunate enough to catch this Edinburgh high-energy garage three piece live, let me introduce you to Johnny (drums, backing vocals), Will (bass, backing vocals) and Andy (guitar, lead vocals). 

The album opens with the sound of a tolling bell, just to get you in the mood! (it is true though that singer Andy's voice was once likened to a corpse being dragged across gravel).

'10 More Hours' opens, and there's some nice phasing over the top of the track, which gives it an extra layer; coupled with a strong repetitive riff, it makes for much hip shake-ability, as does up-beat 'Stupid Is As Stupid Does', and the excellent 'Swingtown'.

Tracks like 'Egg & Butter Junk', (stompy, swampy and twisted), and 'That Hole In Your Face Blues' are laden with heavy riffs a la MC5 / The Stooges. As is 'We Don’t Need You', which has an added heavy psychedelic rock feel, reminiscent of The Heads.

Overall, the band tend to concentrate more on the riff rather than showcasing twiddly guitar solos, which is very refreshing, and this makes for a good solid, no nonsense, rock 'n' roll record. You can hear echos of Dr Feelgood / The Pirates / The Cramps / Eddie & The Hot Rods / The Monsters throughout, but make no mistake, this is Geek Maggot Bingo.

The album was recorded and mixed by Angus McPake (of The Thanes, Les BOF!) at his Ravencraig Studio in Edinburgh, with vintage recording gear.

The album is available from Elvis Shakespeare and Hogs Head Music in Edinburgh, and instore and online at New Hellfire Club Glasgow. Or you can buy it through their bandcamp page here.

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