Australia - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 2 - 12/24/96
A Day Of Research
Fellaheen, P.O. Box A537 Sydney South, Australia 2000
It crawled from the south. First stumbling across the many bureaucratic
hurdles and encountering people unwilling to take chances with young
unsigned bands only to strike out, proving its worth and showing
Australia something it has never quite seen the likes of before.
Guitar, guitar, drums.....Gerling.
A few demo inclusions on fanzine compilation tapes and faxes upon faxes
sent to the Fellaheen label demanding their signing later, Gerling have
released their first official CD, seven songs under the title A Day Of
Research. The release knocked the socks off every music critic in the
country it seems, not to mention securing them an almost cult-like
following. The screaming single Jimmy Wah Crow Bar blasts out of
stereo's across the land almost giving Gerling an indie hit (but not
quite) and proving once and for all that guitar noise is alive and
flourishing on our little island. Gerling will never be loved by the
masses and that is perhaps why we love them so much.
Their ability to find structure within duel guitar chaos and confustion
has pulled its fair share of Sonic Youth comparisons, aiding our need to
constantly reference bands in a similar and historical context. But as
flattering as the legendary guitar noise comparisons may be to Gerling,
they are perhaps less than acurate on many levels. Looking beyond the
wall of guitar fuzz and overt love of the distortion pedal, Gerling are
simultaneously accessible and not so accessible to the Sonic Youth
worshipping masses. Their songs are angrier (Jimmy Wah Crow Bar) but
at the same time blatant pop (G For Sadness). They are quirky (I Am
The Wind) yet so very obvious (Alsour Vampire). Their sounds is
intricately orchestrated but the feeling that they grabbed an 8-track,
some beer and just let it all happen overrides.
Above all else, Gerling are three boys from Sydney who, despite their
onslaught of instant credibility and international bands screaming their
name for support act, never lose sight of the fact that they are three
average guys good at what they do and just happening to get lucky. In
this sense, they combine the ethics and honesty of Sebadoh with the
soundscapes of Sonic Youth to emerge with their own blend. It would be
an insult to drag them down with the claim that they are a voice for the
young band scene happening in Australia now - but well, to some degree
A Day Of Research is the most stunning debut album we have seen for a
long time. Order it today and spread the Gerling sound to your own country.
Copyright © 1996 Tricia Waterman