The Black Gang – This is a Prayer – 7″

The Black Gang – This is a Prayer – 7″

The-Black-Gang---This-is-a-Prayer---7The Black Gang – This is a Prayer – 7″
(Kill Rock Stars) This is Mike Watts’ band and you can tell as soon as the first notes hit. Nothing against the other members, Neils Cline and Bob Lee, but Mike is the guiding force. I’m glad to see them still together after the punk rock opera album. If you’re unfamiliar Mike Watt used to be in The Minutemen and later fIREHOSE and is one of the best bassists in the world. The sound is like a mixture of jazz and punk with Mike getting some of the strangest sounds I’ve ever heard out of a bass. It’s like it’s a part of him and when he plays it really is an extension of his body. The first side is pretty much a jam that flows beautifully and ends with the lyrics. On the second side the cover a Captain Beefheart song A Carrot is as Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond. Then they end with each member saying a few words from their tour log. They are pretty humorous and remind me of Henry Rollins’ tour logs.
- Grog Mutant (2000)

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