I never really got into these garage-rock revivalists until a few years back when an older punk friend of mine finally convinced me to give ’em a sincere chance. I had heard about them since forever basically and have always been a garage-rock fan, but there was just something I didn’t like about The Gories. Their sound was too “thin” or something — not entirely sure what it was, actually. While they’re still not my favorite band of all-time, I definitely have a newfound appreciation for their simple, yet catchy numbers.
The emergence of the Gories heralded a new Golden Age of Detroit rock beginning in the late ’80s; a renaissance of noise and rustbelt rock that lasts through to today. Formed in 1986 by three Detroit natives — Mick Collins, Peg O’Neill, and Dan Kroha (none of whom previously knew how to play an instrument) — the Gories took their name from a band of the same name that appeared in the Gidget series of the late ’50s/early ’60s. Comprised of two guitarists and a drummer (i.e., no bass), the Gories concocted a primal, raw yet soulful blend of garage punk, culling a wealth of inspiration and cover material from Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, and John Lee Hooker. The three-piece also paid homage to the Keggs and Nick & the Jaguars, two other bassless bands from Detroit…[read more]
Via: Greg Cordeira