The Gashers – In Trust We Bleed

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The Gashers

In Trust We Bleed - Squid Hat Records

The Gashers offer a refreshing throwback to the type of don’t-give-a-damn punk rock that you’d expect from a genre that’s not afraid to speak its mind. Armed with a multi-vocal battery of members with a penchant for leaping before they look and climbing upon one another at every opportunity, The Gashers’ latest full length, In Trust We Bleed, makes for a sweaty, clamoring display of punk rock goodness.  Fans of Ashtray, The Ruined and American Werewolves will embrace the immediate parallels of the trio’s crusty, collaborative  throaty style and expeditious pace. 

In Trust We Bleed feels like one big, wildly out of control party – as if The Gashers set out for the night of their life and tore apart the recording booth in a single, unrestrained recording session.  Tracks like “Utopian Misery” swirl violently between drummer Sandy’s crusty, shrill vocals, and the grubby, gravelly vocal discharge of guitarist Jason and bassist James.  The band employs a loose method to their madness, chiming in collectively to emphasize words, bolster choruses, and just generally express their discontent and condemnation of the western world’s social and economic hierarchy.  Under a rumbling bass and steady blanket of riffs, “Wasted Few” gives a voice to those typically marginalized by a domineering society (check out “Bender” for more rip roaring bass work).  The sentiment is further echoed as “Roadside War” makes for a particularly wild ride with a steady barrage of male-lead vocals ferociously roaring amidst Sandy’s scratchy, pitchy yelps of resistance.  “Society is ripping at the seams,” bursts the band in “Right Handed Rights,” as they denounce deriving direction from a nation of self-serving, opportunistic governance.

In Trust We Bleed doesn’t offer anything inherently new, but a half an hour with The Gashers is enough to remind long running punk fans of exactly what attracted them to this scraggly, underappreciated hole in the wall in the first place.  Sure, The Gashers are a mere amalgamation of a now classic sound, but their delivery and handling of the content is undeniably top notch and sure to resonate with listeners.   In Trust We Bleed is celebration of crusty street punk well worth being a part of.