Gee Tee: Goodnight Neanderthal 12"

Gee Tee: Goodnight Neanderthal 12"

Tags: · australia · egg punk · hcpmf
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Based in Sydney, Australia and lead by the iconic Kel Mason, this band of maniacal rock n roll miscreants has been blowing drooly-punk minds for the past few years with a rash of out-of-print records and ridiculous videos that have bounced around the proper channels of the internet underbelly.

A white hot set on the web-only Gonerfest 17 was greeted with cheers of joy, and ultimately re-issued as a cassette and LP. They made it over in full three-dimensional form for Gonerfest 19 and a completely unhinged US tour in 2022.

Now Goner is proud to unleash their new album -- Goodnight Neanderthal -- ten blasts of the spazzy lo-fi attack you know and love, full of buzzy guitars, cheap synths and earworm hooks that demand to be sung in the shower. Or in your car. Or on your bike.

Gee Tee rules. Get on board or get out of the way.

Our take: We’ve been carrying records and tapes from Australia’s Gee Tee for years, but it seems like their profile has grown lately. While I initially lumped them in with the post-Coneheads “egg punk” bands, Gee Tee has continued to hone their craft, transforming into straight up songsmiths that still have an ear for a fucked tone. Goodnight Neanderthal is a hooky beast whose songs come at you from a range of different directions, from the Coneheads-esque standout “(I Hate) Drivin in the City” to the more straightforward, Marked Men-esque punk of “40k.” Other songs lean toward straight pop, with “Grease Rot Chemical” and “Rock Phone” featuring jangly guitars and sunny synth melodies that remind me of the way Jay Reatard brought in the Kiwi pop influence in the latter part of his run on Matador. While much of Goodnight Neanderthal seems pitched at a modern garage-punk crowd (so it’s perfect that it arrives courtesy of Goner Records), there’s a penchant for simple, sweet melodies that folks into the 90s Lookout! Records sound will be a sucker for… even better if you like modern exponents of that sound like Liquids. However you want to nitpick its style, though, Goodnight Neanderthal will have you tapping your toe immediately and singing along on the second listen.