The Gears - Rockin' At Ground Zero !
The Gears - Rockin' At Ground Zero
Bacchus Archives (Dionysus) 1999 CD
Original recording reissued. 1980 Lp + EP "Let's Go To The Beach"
What the press says:
“Rockin’ at Ground Zero” is by far the most rockin’ album to come out of the final days of the original Los Angeles punk rock explosion of 1977-1980. Here’s a band that wanted to have FUN; get drunk, do drugs, get laid and make some damned good music! They were ahead of the curve and made a super-musical concoction by mixing together styles that were a direct or indirect influence on the original punk scene, surf and rockabilly groups and even The Ramones."
The Gears started in 1977 when Axxel G. Reese confronted L.A. Shakers drummer Dave Drive in his garage to form a new band. Crazy Ruben was the original guitarist along with bassist Gabriel Shock . After Recording the legendary “Let’s go to the Beach” single the band split up after Crazy Ruben fired a cue ball at a GEARS roadie’s head and was never to be seen again.
Controllers’ guitarist Kidd Spike was enlisted along with bassist Brian Redz to fill the empty spots and “Rockin at Ground Zero” was recorded in just a few hours.15 songs of melodic punk rock with a rockabilly flavor.
It might be because the original release of "Rockin' at Ground Zero" was limited to something like 2000 copies, or the fact that The Gears came along a bit later than the first wave of California punk bands, but, for whatever reason, this band and this album have never received the acclaim and recognition they deserve. Sure, alot of diehard punk fans know about the Gears, but I think that this album ranks up there with the likes of "Los Angeles" "GI" "Damaged" and "Group Sex". One of the best things about this album is that it is fun. Yes, punk can be fun, lighthearted even, and still have energy and attitude. I treasure my original LP copy with the red cover, but this reissue is cool because it also features The Gears' first 7" with the band's original guitarist, Crazy Reuben. Add this one to your collection! (Patrick W. Schubert)
Going back after 20+ years and listening to the bands you grew up with can be a risky proposition. A lot of things that sounded great when you were in high school sound dated, or worse, in cool light of retrospect. The Gears' high-energy blend of punk and rockabilly, however, may sound even better than I remembered it. Imagine the illigitimate offspring of the Crowd and the Blasters: tight, frantic beats, crisp punk-a-billy guitar hooks from Kid Spike, and vocals that alternate between earnest and amused from Axxel. With all the aging punk bands treading the county fair circuit these days, I'd actually pay to see these guys crank it up one more time. "If it wasn't for this kind of music, you wouldn't have come to this place." 'Nuff said. (Chainbark)
The Gears, c'est tout l'esprit punk rock mâtiné de rockabilly-surf-garage qui te donne irrésistiblement envie de pousser les meubles en même temps que la chansonnette tout en dansant comme un possédé, car ces beaux diables te chopent aux tripes et ne te lachent plus jusqu'à l'ultime dernière seconde où leur musique résonne.
Sans dec', c'est une cure contre la morosité (bop-shoo-bop) ainsi qu'un exutoire à toutes les tensions accumulées. Une reédition d'album qui tourne régulièrement sur la platine CD tant il est intemporel et salvateur, et je pèse mes mots! Bref, laisse-toi tenter et toi aussi tu seras heureux de rocker au ground zero tonight, aussi sûr que deux et deux font un quatuor du tonnerre.
EAC extracted, 224~320kbs VBR Mp3 encoded, tags & scans included, enjoy the punch, excitement and don't be afraid to pogo!
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