“Wrecking Ball” was one thing. Now comes the long-awaited anti-austerity
blast-a-thon with the teeth, venom and one-of-a-kind music of Jello Biafra.
The second full-length from Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School
of Medicine picks up where last fall’s SHOCK-U-PY! left off. Covered in
gruesome detail this time are corruption (“The Brown Lipstick Parade”),
“Werewolves of Wall Street,” “Road Rage,” and corporate McMedia making
pop stars out of small-time crooks to shield the big ones (“John Dillinger”) or
tabloid pop stars to lobotomize everyone else (“Hollywood Goof Disease”).
The title track shines a light on our never-ending foreign policy disasters in
ways even Jello’s spoken word albums never did. “Crapture” is the perfect
song to play for those lovely End Times believers, pointing out how much
better the world would be for everyone else left behind—replete with melodies on the scale Biafra hasn’t really touched since “Moon Over Marin.”
Above all, White People and the Damage Done rocks! No pop punk here,
just Jello and crew taking punk fire in unexplored directions, with wallof-sound, in-your-face production from Marshall Lawless and Matt Kelley
(lots of Jello projects, Hieroglyphics, The Coup, Digital Underground, Zen
Guerrilla). Lineup retains the double-barreled guitar attack of Ralph Spight
(Victims Family, Freak Accident) and Kimo Ball (Freak Accident, Griddle,
Mol Triffid), joined by bassist Andrew Weiss (Rollins Band, Ween, Butthole
Surfers, more) and drummer Paul Della Pelle (Helios Creed, Nik Turner’s
Space Ritual, and Philly HC legends Ruin).
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine will be touring
through most of 2013 on at least three continents to promote this beast. The
live shows are the real deal. If you like OFF! or Dead Ending, fer cryin’ out
loud, don’t miss this!
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