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Photo by Christina Falise - L to R - Kurt Fedora, Charlie Nakajima, Sean Keefe, Tim Aaron, George Berz. Photo - Christina Falise - Review: GOBBLEHOOF Trouser Press
The fact that J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) was the drummer on GobbleHoof's six-song debut ensured a measure of fanzine-level interest for the Amherst, Massachusetts, group. However, the person who really makes GobbleHoof worth hearing is Charlie Nakajima (who was in the pre-Dinosaur Deep Wound with Mascis and Lou Barlow), less a singer than a dramatic speaker with a commanding presence. His credit for "narration" rather than vocals is apt. As guitarist Tim Aaron reels off competent grunge noise (complete with wah-wah and all the trimmings), Nakajima recounts his lyrics in a weary, resonant deep voice, only occasionally reaching out to catch passing melody notes.
Mascis produced the full-length Freezer Burn, on which the even-more-imposing-sounding Nakajima and Aaron, plus a bassist, drummer and spare axe-wielder, repeat the EP's basic formula with increased intensity and imagination. A bracing blend of ominous storytelling ("Embryo," "Sadist," the sepulchral "Shotgun"), furious singing, precise desert-storm guitar and pinpoint dynamic control (acoustic guitar finds a brief home), Freezer Burn opens the door to a roaring dimension that might at various times have been occupied by the Doors, Alice Cooper, David Lynch, Danzig, Nick Cave and Black Sabbath. Far less ponderous than it might seem on paper, GobbleHoof butts heads like a dark-hearted metal band, but never bludgeons its targets without good reason.
released March 3, 2016
Voice: Charlie Nakajima, Guitars: Tim Aaron & Sean Keefe, Bass: Kurt Fedora & Tom Barta - Drums:George Berz & Matt Tecu
Featuring J Mascis as producer & drummer, and Jens Jurgensen of Boss Hog on Bass. GobbleHoof was formed in Amherst,
Massachusetts by vocalist Charlie Nakajima, who had been in the Dinosaur Jr. precursor band Deep Wound with J. Mascis and Lou Barlow as well as an early incarnation of Dinosaur jr. called Mogo. With his speak-singing style supported by writer/guitarist Tim Aaron ... Steve Huey, AMG...more