The Playground Records
Release date – 1/11/2010
French satirist and author of such acclaimed works as Candide, Voltaire’s most frequently quoted wisdom is, “All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds”; in a nutshell, play the hand that’s dealt!
This resigned and fatalistic prose merchant lends his name to the Gothic bravado of the Brighton-based three-piece, The Gaa Gaas new single.
Looming like ghosts from the darkest corners of some subterranean crypt, our pained trio unleash sulky bursts of post-punk and macabre 60s garage in the manner of The Horrors.
The ghoulish band of lurking miscreants, let loose growling bass guitar, creeping distorted lead and Mogadon induced rockabilly drums; whipping-up a primordial wining version of Pil and Bauhaus.
There’s a remix by Kitsune label’s Punx Soundcheck, who lift the vocals from the original and immerse them in a bubbling froth of speed-shifting quacking beats and cyclonic marauding synths, to produce a very classy sophisticated dance floor filler.
A solid, beguiling spiky and menacing shoegazing number, ‘Voltaire’ benefits from the production of Robert Harder; whose work on BabyShambles and White Rose Movement helps to give the sound some much needed boosts and holler wailing vocals. I expect great things from these fuzzed-up freaks.