Ganglians | Still Living

Lefse (2011)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 16, 2011
3.5 3.5 Stars


When we last heard from Ganglians (2009's Monster Head Room) they were living under the rock of side-B of the Rolling Stone's 1966 doom-filled Aftermath. Perhaps because of the magical rays of the California sun — or maybe just a good-natured adventure with a bottle of peroxide — this time around, these Sacramento boys have turned beachy; and just in time to turn in one of the best records of the summer. While mostly a California creation, Still Living echoes the sounds reverberating across the Pacific from New Zealand — think '80s/'90s bands like the Chills and the 3Ds, whose splashy reverb tanks were almost louder than their amps ("Call Me"). Or even Galaxie 500, whose Dean Wareham is a native Zealander ("Bradley"). Stateside, some tracks brandish the glue-sniffing dumbness of the Duane Eddy and the Ramones ("Evil Weave") while others land straight in the epicenter of genuine pop perfection. "California Cousins" is the perfect combination of old school Ganglians' paranoia mixed with a melody so rainbow bright, you'll forget how spooky they once were.
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