7 track demo from this new Perth band playing a mix of 70s and 80s punk and post punk. Effectively portraying the spite, anger and futile indifference that characterised the UK punk of the early 80s when Thatcher's neolib policies had destroyed the lives of the working class - a familiar scene in the UK, US and Australia today. With buzzsaw guitars reminiscent of BLACK EASTER and the energy of the VILETONES when they were at their fastest. Rough. Featuring members from Die, Cold Meat, Helta Skelta and Nerve Quakes.
Our take: Gaffer is a new band from the Helta Skelta camp out in Perth, Western Australia. Their sound is tough, mid-paced punk spiced with elements of post-punk, anarcho-punk, and garage-punk. The tape starts off strong with “Hang,” whose Crisis-esque lead guitar line makes it my favorite song on the tape. The others don’t lag too far behind, though, as Gaffer keeps everything catchy. Two of the tracks even break three minutes, and while I like a lot of music that holds nothing back, Gaffer’s slow boil is a welcome counterbalance to all the frantic hardcore in my listening diet. Not to belabor the point, but I’d recommend this if you’ve put a lot of wear on your Crisis vinyl.