Ed Gein Judas Goats & Dieseleaters

Ed Gein Judas Goats & Dieseleaters
It’s always nice to see that cover art isn’t a dying detail in today’s downloading-obsessed times, and this latest from grind/hardcore guys Ed Gein entices with not only an excellent album title, but very cool art as well — showing humans with Mack trucks as heads. This New York-based trio are armed with a political lyrical edge to boot, which helps give an extra push to their tunes. With an equally skilled take on grind, hardcore, punk and sludge, Ed Gein tend to keep their songs short and sadistically violent. (The band’s motto, after all, is "Go fast!”) With all three members singing, the urgency of the frantic music is escalated into realms of AmRep-style noise rock and angry punk; while no one player sticks out as being particularly proficient on his instrument, the three no doubt gel together perfectly. With cool, angular, driving bass lines keeping the rhythm underneath the noise, this never degenerates into something too unhinged; although the listener would be hard-pressed to remember one of these songs when all is said done, it still resembles music. Somehow managing to pay homage to both Unsane and Napalm Death at once, this bass-heavy, extremely cathartic release is highly recommended.

Love that album title and artwork. What’s it all about? Bassist/vocalist Aaron Jenkins: When I think about pollution and waste, Mack trucks come to mind, so it kind of seemed fitting to put one on a person’s body. I mean, essentially, that’s all we are. We consume, pollute, and waste, and go through our whole life working. Same with tractor trailers; that’s all they’re meant to do. You’re not gonna take your tractor trailer down to the park for a picnic with the family.

Your lyrics also have a lot of meaning behind them. What’s your approach to lyric writing? I think lyrics are really important. A lot of bands put lyrics as this secondary thing, but to me the music is a third of what’s going on, so are the lyrics, so is the artwork. We usually put a lot of thought into lyrics. I don’t want to be a band who just write about nothing. There are a lot of things going on around the world to be pissed off about. If you don’t wake up every morning and are at least a little irritated about what you see going on in the world, there’s something wrong with you (laughs). (Blackmarket Activities)