Dreams and Robots Reviews Page
Here we mirror some of the reviews about
GGEDDR which have been published to the internet.
Sounds like a subGenius reference...
Go Genre Everything - Domestic Dreams and Robots EP on Vacant Valley
Robots say a lot about a band, they can either be used as a cute goof,
or can symbolize everything wrong with the way culture is headed.
I’m pretty sure Go Genre
are messing with the ways that robots work into the ways
we’re living our lives online these days, judging by their crazy
website from the dawn of the internet. This duo is like the Spaceships
(the LA band) halfway across the world - in that other great DIY
capital, Melbourne, Australia. Jen and Zack have been playing in
various projects since they picked up instruments and this single is a
cathartic combination of the pop pipes from Mates of State and the
chaos of the Cave Bears.
The A-Side of this conceptual EP kicks off with "Everyday Robots". As a
duo you'd better give it your all, there's no one else who’s going to
fill in those spaces. If you’re working with the guitar and drums, now
is the time to bash it out. Vocally, Zack comes off like Johnny Lydon
in that post punk talky question style, ending each verse on a high
note. Meanwhile, Jen is screaming in middle of the measure, cackling, a
sirens wail dropping bomb of descending vocal.
The following track, "Giant Robot" has an epic, feedbacking distortion
over a simple throbbing kick. This sustained forever guitar can't wait
for breaks, constantly humming over this thumping along kick, once the
two of them start working together it's as epic as the giant robot
stomping along. Organ runs around the scales and the drums take their
own place, loose and free. Go Genre Everything put this together in the
rehearsal space, all heart and limitations...and that completely comes
across. A Blue Box, lower, doubled octave gets into a beefy melody and
the percussion adopts a snappy hip-hop snare, off kilter rhythm with
the two of them yelling alternatively about a giant robot and a modern
list of the future things in our daily lives; directory assistance, SMS
text, ATM withdrawal’s. I think Shit Vulture would appreciate these
guys, being equally as concerned with ridiculousness of right now and
take similar chances at peeling back those onion layers. It's not
should you be coming up with lyrics like this, but you have to. Robots
are here, technology is everywhere, changing relationships and
interaction...it's not a revolution and you can’t fight against it, GGE
is a demented form of acceptance.
B-Side "Domestic environment" leaves the piercing distortions behind as
this is a pleasantly strummed jazzy tune, but their dual vocals really
belt this out like All In The Family, the grating lack of harmony
mirroring the actual relationships of the people in this family
situation. Like real life, the backup harmony gets sweet for a second,
but the rest is all Jemina Pearl and Tiny Tim…completely out of control
banging and yelling like a bunch of real animals, you know, like every
“Dream of Eternal Youth” continues this simple beat and nice electric
songwritery vibe. A garage scuzz guitar cranks in here, the upper end
drops out and their legitimately nice harmony starts....well, just for
a minute. They both have this quivering mental patient vocal style that
is pretty freaking unique. But all of the niceness they've been slowly
building up by the end it’s shattered by "…but we're still going to
The whole EP is through the twisted lens of domestic 50's living, the
failure of making things easier with Asbestos and plastics, pulling the
wool over your own eyes and buying robots...another mechanical failure
having this thing do all the things you don’t want to. I think Go Genre
Everything is appropriately attacking these failures… and in character.
They are going to whine about it and make things unpleasant because
that's the truth. I may have been thinking about the Butthole Surfers a
lot lately but this has the hallmarks of a band so unconcerned with
nearly everything going on around them that they hit on this uniquely
unfashionable idea, which is always at the core of a true punk original.
Hand pasted photo collage on cardstock, dark purple vinyl and a website
that is even
more confusing than it would have been in 1993.
Pick this up from Vacant
, import only, so you'll have to demand it from your local
How about this one
Great work of hyperbole from mr True. Out
Song of the day – 527: Go Genre Everything
Go Genre Everything - Domestic Dreams And Robots
Here’s the pitch from the label:
GO GENRE EVERYTHING – Domestic Dreams and Robots 7?
An incomparable duo from Melbourne, with a unique
brand of mutant post punk noise akin to perhaps Boredoms or The Fall?
But probably not. Domestic Dreams and Robots is ultimately a concept. A
short escape through self-possessed absurdity, unusual poignancy and
Oh man. Can I just step in, and say there is a reason for folk like me
to exist every now and then. This is so way off it ain’t even
coruscating in the same bivouac.
1. This is nothing – NOTHING – like The Fall. Least not this new 7?
which sounds like an inspired, demented cross between something
entirely unfettered and free of constraints of what may or may not be
acceptable in the musical world of 2012 (The Bastards Of Fate, say:
only far squeakier) and something entirely free and unfettered by
constraints of what may or may not be acceptable in the musical world
of 2010 (GO!GO!7188, say: only far looser). What I wrote about the
latter band could mostly apply here (substitute Melvins for Rezillos
or, what the fuck, don’t):
They’re prolific, for sure. They appear to have no
cut-off point. Masses of albums, singles and live albums released over
the last decade [two decades in Go Genre Everything's case - Ed] attest
to this. They straddle genres – noisy, for the most part: rock – with
an alarming lack of embarrassment. It’s like that explosion of a
reference of female-led punk I linked to a few months back, only with
GO!GO!7188 taking up the entire side of a mix-tape by themselves.
Sometimes, they’ll turn in a set of covers that reminds me wonderfully
of my ancient Scots trash sweethearts The Rezillos. Others, they’ll be
like an appallingly bad, radio-friendly version of Brisbane’s own I
Heart Hiroshima or Skunk Anansie or someone (if only for the
ridiculously high vocals). Others, they’re verging on Ecstatic Peace
territory. (Song of the day – 132: GO!GO!7188)
When I draw this comparison, I’m really only talking about the
incredibly liberating sense of confusion that listening to Go Genre
Everything’s new single creates in me.
2. This is nothing – NOTHING – like Boredoms. OK. There’s squealing and
freedom and guitars. That’s to the good. That’s a little bit Boredoms.
There are melodies just when you’re least expecting them, and also at
the very start. Yep. That’s fine. But it’s all subtle and doesn’t make
you want to gnaw on your fist in awe. Your arm, yes. Maybe the way the
music seems to leap through several symphonies of dissonant sound in
the space of two minutes, maybe that’s the Boredoms hook? Yeah, maybe.
Maybe the A-side of the 7? is composed of 10 miniature songs? Dunno. It
aims for the stars and over-reaches so easily, so clumsily, it’s
brilliant. Throws them away laughing. Frankly, it’s more abstract art
absurd than music.
The B-side, meanwhile, is like Jello Biafra crossed with Those Dancing
Days, with some Led Zeppelin and Tunabunny thrown in…
No, not really, you stupid cunt! Not really.
Here’s what that man Scott had to say about The Bastards Of Fate.
Again, I think it’s relevant. And again, I serve only to jumble:
Sure there are reference points — Dismemberment
Plan, Beefheart, Flipper, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, Nabokov, Brian Eno,
Café Tacuba, Borges, Skullflower, Burt Bacharach, and a million more —
but all of them are useless. You try to define The Bastards Of Fate,
you attempt to explain them, but they squirm away like an anchovy in
the bait tank. It’s a mix of beauty and ugliness. The band is
constantly subverting themselves, pushing their music beyond
understanding. It’s fucking beautiful. (The Bastards Of Fate – Who’s A
Fuzzy Buddy (This Will Be Our Summer))
Here’s the music. THIS IS WHY I’M EXCITED. THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO
Vacant Valley Bandcamp
Go Genre Everything home page
YOU MUST CLICK ON THOSE TWO LINKS ABOVE IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY.
So. What else? Here’s the cover version. Be warned, it’ll totally
mislead you if you haven’t heard this duo before:
Here’s a cute stop motion animation. The music is nothing – NOTHING –
next to this new single:
And here’s me, salivating like an underfed over-the-lease rabid dog, at
the thought of this new single happening to me all over again:
Here’s another video. You’re going to be wondering why the fuck I’m
salivating like a humongous trumpeting elephant if you don’t click on
the Bandcamp link first, though:
So what can I drag out of my hype drawer to convince you all to have a
listen. Hmm. Let me think The craziest, most brilliantly unafraid two
songs I’ve heard from Australia all year. No, fuck Australia. Anywhere.
Next we have this guy who really hated GGE HAL but seemed to have to
mention GGE DDR slightly more kindly...
Listen: Go Genre
Everything – Everyday Robots
There are a bunch of people I know who
swear by Go Genre Everything. No one ever feels ambivalent about them,
which is a very beautiful thing. Less beautiful is that they aren’t
very prolific, but then, ubiquity leads to ambivalence and that is not
an emotion that Go Genre Everything is associated with.
Case in point: I had a guy email me about this
track. He wasn’t from the band, nor the label Vacant Valley, but still
he wrote that this new 7 inch is “the best local release of the year”
followed by italicised song lyrics penned by Go Genre
Everything. He probably sat there and typed them out himself, all
starry-eyed and giddy. Is this guy a sicko? No, he’s just in love.
Anyway, the 7 inch is called Domestic Dreams
and Robots and you can purchase through Vacant
Valley and probably your local Chandlers. The track below is called
‘Everyday Robots’. Go forth and click.
And this guy really hated it...
December 26, 2012
Australia’s answer to Plan-It-X style folk/bike
punk, as played by a
gang of cruppets (Crust Muppets) who play right into the sort of happy
nonsense that fuels that crowd. Two songs about domestic dreams are
followed by two about robots, and not a hint of surprise escapes. Even
for such a thing, a thing of which I have never wanted any part of,
this feels like an extremely punishing example, and it’s all because of
the vocal stylings of one member – she (he?) sounds like Edith Bunker
with her fingers trapped in the power window of an ‘80s land yacht, and
as a result I haven’t been driven away from songs this quickly in a
very long time. The other recent Vacant Valley releases are OK, but
this one you can forget. (http://vacantvalley.blogspot.com)
Back to something more helpful, a brief assesment from X-Mist
It is always interesting how humans think.
|Limited edition of 300 copies on violet-marble-colored vinyl, packed in
nicely handmade sleeves! Contains 4 songs by this incomparable and
outstanding duo from Melbourne/Australia. It's like 60s-Psychedelic-Pop
and Girl-Group songs put into a minimalist lofi aesthetic – but(!)
different to most other bands today, they are doing it in a mutantly
deranged and hilariously funny way! Maybe in a similar vein as if the
BOREDOMS or MELT-BANANA would be doing it... Yep, big fucking fun! http://www.gogenreeverything.org/
Here is a little by Mr Coley on the subject.