GAY PARIS – LADIES & GENTLEMEN MAY I PRESENT TO YOU THE DARK ARTS (2015)
Release Date: 18th September 2015
℗ 2015 MGM
- Draw, You Harlequin Saints!
- She Haunts Every Dance Floor
- The Dirt Eaters
- It Sleeps In Caves
- The Sackcloth Saint Of The Cornfield
- Flintlock Barbara Goes Boom
- Ember Season
- Cult Slang
- The Devil And Why You’re Not Alone
- If Beasts Pray
Just as Gay Paris are preparing to head out on the road around Australia, the timing is perfect to highlight the killer new material they will have on offering to celebrate the release of their third album in Ladies and Gentlemen, May We Present To You The Dark Arts.
Draw, Your Harlequin Saints reveals to keen ears that our Morning Star toting beardies have released a more malevolent sound that prior and it’s tight. Dean ‘Slim Pickins’ Podmore delivers and immediately stunning performance, and hold your year to the bass line throughout. We progress forward into hard rocking She Haunts Every Dance Floor and discover that this is no fluke. Gay Paris punch out this track with a somewhat restrained approach and the result is a terrific hard rock track with melodies you will hard pressed to get out of your head and extremely impressive guitar work.
The Dirt Eaters carries on along the same lines but with an impressively punchy percussive beat from Adam ‘Six Guns’ Simpson, that will keep the heads a moshin’ throughout. And again it’s tremendously catchy with a brilliant rhythm and screaming backing vocals that at a perfect volume so as to accompany Wailin H magnificently.
It Sleeps In Caves is a brilliant track musically and lyrically with a tremendous ‘bluesy’ feel building up again and again, without allowing a too powerful crescendo to reach its peak. Instead we enjoy a perfectly composed lead section and hardened finale. This is a tremendous signature track for Gay Paris that will become a crowd favourite very quickly.
The Sackcloth Saint of the Cornfield has all the hallmarks of an old school rock and roll track with the lyrical delivery that is far more consistent with a group of group of demons in a beer fueled, arm locked, fun filled sing-a-long. If such a gathering could be conceived. It fits so tremendously well to give the track its own identity as a mid-album refrain.
Then we are launched back into the Flintlock Barbara Goes Boom which is my personal favourite from the album, which is harder, faster and filled with slower sections, but does not let up on the teeth grinding, death stare, mosh noddin’ ferocity. Brilliant stuff.
Ember Season provides Lachlan ‘Ol Black Tooth’ Marks the opportunity to step to the fore and become the highlight of the track. Beautifully mixed with the lead and backing vocal tracks to take a back seat to the axeman. Really tremendous groove to this track, and reminiscent of earlier in the album, but far more prominent. And if you like the sound of that, then Cult Slang will launch you into excited celebration. Catchy, punchy and tight. I can’t wait to see the crowd reaction to this track performed live. This tracks inclusion assists the entire album to qualify as the genuine article when the word impressive lurches forth and ensures the collection will be remembered by all involved as a benchmark release.
The Devil And Why Your Not Alone provides us with a slightly increased malevolent edge, as you would expect with that title, and lumbers its way forth like a stalking demon intent on enticing you into the dark arts. Musically this track is right on the money. It stalks you aural orifices, luring you into the sway making it impossible not to invest in the harmony.
If Beast Pray keeps it simple at the beginning, but then builds into really impressive album finale, reminding you that there are elements of the album, and Gay Paris sound you want to revisit immediately. This will be a crowd pleaser and its placement is a stroke of clever production and album construction.
This material has been a long time project for the band with much material stored away for the right time. Gay Paris have certainly selected the perfect timing to release this album and it is a tremendous achievement for the group.
I wonder if there is a special message when it’s played backwards.