ORNAMENTALS The Gourds
listening to this new Gourds record, eating a bowl of shredded wheat as
the sun came up. I noticed that I was shaking my head, but I was
tapping my foot. And there it is--my mind was saying "this is really
messed up," but my soul was saying "this is really good, I think..."
I was reading the bio, I thought it said "They are quitters in the
true sense of the word" and dropped my spoon I was laughing so hard.
But it said quilters, though thats a pretty domesticated word for
guys that would probably stitch a dirty cloth napkin into the patchwork
to remember a good meal. The bio did go on to say that whatever the hell
else this music may be, that it is first and foremost a music of joy.
I like that.
mumbo gumbo, a raucous riotous mixture of more than a dozen musics, and
good on them. Its a suitable antidote for contrived concoctions
of all kinds. Tell you what Heavy Ornamentals is, its pretty
great. They follow a high-spirited string band tune like "Stab"
with a tearful ballad like "Our Patriarch" and light up several
specials, which is where the points are.
so much right going on in the attitude of this enterprise, and thats
the beauty, thats the magic of this music. If youre looking
for polish, best check the pantry, because you wont find any of
that here. Try and polish these tunes, youre liable to get a splinter
too big to require tweezers.
the rousing opener, really gets the wagon rolling. I dont have a
clue what its about, and dont really care; it sounds good,
and I sing along when the catchy one word chorus comes around. But here
are the opening lyrics to the next track, "Burn Ther Honeysuckle"
was born in the summer
With black gum on my heels
Full grown and cussin
And bleach on my wheels
Killed me a panther
fore I was even grown
a pocket knife and a guitar string
And a light honeycomb
Theyre gonna burn ther honeysuckle
Burn honeysuckle, theyre gonna
Burn honeysuckle when I die
the Bad Livers, it is from Austin they come. They are a wondrous lot,
a precious commodity Americans should be aware of and support. Its
got to be a curious combination of not giving a damn and caring very deeply
about certain things that has kept this group alive, and we want to find
out more about it. You can too, on the Listen
page, and buy Heavy Ornamentals, here.