Hot on the heels of FIVE viral video singles, “Tea Party Revenge Porn” the first full album since 2014 by Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School Of Medicine is finally here!
This is very strong stuff. Hear the inimitable Mr. B skewer the place we’ve put ourselves in, like no one else would – or could – as he and The Guantanamo School of Medicine capture the full power of the live shows on disc as never before.
Only so many artists have a track record of lyrics this good, and back it up with music as good or better. It’s usually one of the other, but rarely this fierce, thanks to the wall of sound production of the mysterious Marshall Lawless, with Kurt Schlegel at the board this time.
Co-conspirators now feature both string-titans of longtime AT mainstay Victims Family: guitarist Ralph Spight (also Freak Accident) and wonder bassist Larry Boothroyd (also Triclops, Brubaker); plus drummer/metal percussionist Jason Willer (UK Subs, Nik Turner, Charger, The Mob).
Both the album opener “Satan’s Combover” and the title track were written BEFORE Trump stole 2016. The pandemic of sheer stupidity started long before, set by well-heeled arsonists all over the world. With plenty of help from all those rumors and fake stories spread all over the internet, by “People With Too Much Time on Their Hands.”
“A Boring Day is What I Need” is for anyone when Device Life means, “everything interrupting everything else” (!), at full Hardcore tempo. Followed by more HC with, “We Created Putin”; showing what’s right in front of our faces, that no punditoid seems to see.
Flip the LP for “The Last Big Gulp”, a Nomads/Lime Spiders-size Garage dancefloor crusher about what Jello calls Climate Collapse, adding organ from The Darts’ Nicole Laurenne.
“Taliban USA” is a near-Cyberpunk Bat Cave groover about what our Dark Ages Supreme Court has long had in mind.
We couldn’t sit on this any longer, so we’re pulling a Run the Jewels move here – and dropping the album on digital NOW. Download goes up right away, as all hell breaks loose around us. LPs and CDs when we get the damn things, with particularly strong and unforgettable artwork by Winston Smith.
So as germs and police riots rage, there’s no better primal scream therapy than a long-awaited new Jello Biafra album. From Dead Kennedys to Lard to the now-classic albums with the Melvins, DOA, NoMeansNo, Mojo Nixon; and of course, The Guantanamo School of Medicine, “Tea Party Revenge Porn” is right up there with all of it.