CD REVIEW: The Gashers - Law is not Order (Squidhat Records)
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: The Gashers
Album: Law is not Order
Label: Squidhat Records
Genre: Alternative Rock, Punk Rock
Sounds Like: Green Day, Black Flag, Social Distortion, Rancid
Weakness: Over the Top Vocal Intensity, Repetitive Songs and Catalog
The Gashers are a 4 piece rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada and features founding members of legendary local punk band The Peccadilloes. Their debut CD entitled Law in not Order was released in 2012 (Squidhat Records). Band member include Jason (Guitar, Vocals), Sandy (Drums, vocals), James (Bass and Vocals).
The CD explodes in your face with “Stuffed” a grinding guitar groove meshed against driving rock rhythm, emotionally charged vocal delivery and well placed harmonies from singing tandems Jason and Sandy. Track 2 “Panic” serves up another solid low end groove, with melodic musical flow coupled with hooky vocal accents and harmonies from Jason and Sandy. Track 3 my personal favorite “Occupy” packs a powerful punch with its thought provoking lyrical content, pulsating rock groove meshed with an infectious rock melody that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of Green Day, The Toadies, Black Flag, and even Social Distortion and Rancid. Right from the start you will notice The Gashers feel quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back. The overall musical vibe has a nice, raw punk indie feel to it. The guitar playing is rock solid across the board as Jason dishes out impressive guitar licks, rock solid rhythm guitar playing and a few mesmerizing solos. Jason and Sandy deliver rock solid vocal timber and is full of passion and recklessness abandon. The musicianship from all the other members in the band has everything you would expect from a standard 4 piece punk-rock band. The songs themselves are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair and signature groove. From striking “Justice” and “Shelia”’ to the thrashing title track and Another Crutch” to rocking “It’s OK” and "Mind Control” to clever “Family Affair” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 14 “Tool” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
Some of the vocal intensity is a bit over the top from all 3 members. If could say anything to “The Gashers” right now - it would be for Sandy and Jason to step back from the mic a bit on some of the slower parts, find that emotional pocket and ride down the intensity a bit. I really like the voice, the passion and the raw intensity, but Jason, James and Sandy comes on way to strong across the board. Overall this catalogue is guilty of being a bit repetitive as well - song for song. It’s fair to say the bass guitar lacks low end punch and sounds a bit thin within the mix.
In close Law in not Order is an action packed production from start to finish. It’s strong suit – its raw feel almost as if you were watching a band play live in the studio. If these guys have a slam dunk live presentation then that would be a deadly combination no doubt. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate and powerful – and will no doubt get your adrenalin pumping. BEWARE – LISTENING TO THE GASHERS MAY CAUSE YOUR EARS TO BLEED PROFUSELY.