With their debut album, I tended to think that Gaytheist mixed up a nice chunk of metal with their style of garage punk. With Hold Me (But Not So Tight) (Good To Die), this Portland trio are still incredibly heavy but I hear much more sleazy punk this time around, and I tend to like/prefer it that way. Or maybe that’s all in my head.
I think what I hear a lot more of is that bastard energy that comes from playing and rocking out for the fuck of it, reminiscent of a lot of Seattle music from the mid-to-late 1980’s, in fact I found myself comparing some of the tracks on this album to the disgusting grooves of Green River, but more tightly put together. What I love about this new album is that these songs (12 in total) come and go at a rapid page, and I found myself having to look at where I was at in the album. “Spread ‘Em” may or may not be about the pleasures of the anus, but these guys play as solid as Anthrax, Hüsker Dü, or Slayer, or at least use that type of musicality during the bridges of the songs, pretty much as passages to get you from here to there in slightly unexpected ways. Gaytheist are even more defiant, and if there were any fears about what and how they make their music, this release have made them disappear.
(Hold Me (But Not So Tight) will be released on May 21st. The band have a small handful of shows following the release:
May 22… Portland, OR (White Owl Social Club) *
June 1… Tacoma, WA (New Frontier) @
June 7… Seattle, WA (Black Lodge) #
June 8… Seattle, WA (KSUB — In-Studio Performance)
* w/ Red Fang
@ w/ Argonaut
# w/ Monogamy Party)