MP3 Alpha Male Gorillas - No Working Title
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14 MP3 Songs in this album (69:30) !
Related styles: Rock: Hard Rock, Hip-Hop/Rap: Alternative Hip Hop, Mood: Intellectual
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A brief track by track description by The Don Vincenzo (rhythm, vocals, lead):
1) Beach Bum - An acoustic number featuring a chorus of 3-part harmonies, told from the viewpoint of a drifter with no place to be but the beach. Fortunately, there's no place he'd rather be than the beach, just hanging out, girl-watching, jammin' with tourists, and best of all, NOT WORKING. Listen for the breakdown in the middle of the song featuring some sweet acoustic guitar, atmospheric wave sounds, and best of all: The spoons.
2) Allergic To Work - Catchy chorus in which all people who have ever labored can relate-- if only we'd all take Dr. Feelgood's advice of, "Don't work!" The music falls somewhere inbetween reggae, hip-hop, and the demented mirror room from the Funhouse on the Boardwalk. Work sucks, and workin' for THE MAN sucks even worse-- the lyrics comically suggest that work sucks to the point where laboring too much induces actucal physical ailment, told in hip-hop verse from the standpoints of Joe Milli, The Don, and Dave Heinz. OL' Bluenote hammers home the bluesy chorus, and shreds between distinct blues and heavily distorted noise guitar to take it to the climax. Is it simply dark comedy in good fun, or the very first rumblings of a nationwide strike? Listen for yourself, and act accordingly.
3) My Soul (Part I) - Soulful track about the bills stacking up despite, you guessed it, all the hard work endured. Beautiful drum fills, tasteful keys, and two great guitar solos make this track potentially the album's sweetest sounding. Add in the vocal harmonies of OL' Bluenote with himself in the second verse / pre-chours, and it easily becomes the album's most accessible track. The chorus is soaring and epic, making the message quite clear: that there is one thing that THE MAN can never take from you, and that's your soul.
4) My Soul (Part II) - If the wailing guitars of Part I couldn't express the frustration enough, Joe Milli comes with a rap that pulls no punches, takes no (innocent) prisoners, and ultimately calls for revolution. The drums slam, and kick up the tempo a few notches from Part I, Bluenote screams the final chorus, before guitars, heavy bass riffing, organ, and drums end the song like 13 tractor trailers piled up on the New York State Thruway.
5) Ain't No War - A true reggae jam and protest song featuring cameo quotes from past and present political figures: Presidents George HW Bush and Dwight D. Eisenhower, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, and President John F. Kennedy. The lyrics speak of the horrors of war, the lack of empathy and lust for blood from the hawks on both sides of every conflict, and a call for it all to end. The keys, bass, and the drums keep it all tight. Throw in the additional percussion in the background and it becomes impossible for the listener not to move and groove to this one. Lyrically, the song stays concise, and even simple, but powerful just the same. The outro features an organ solo by EZI, guitar solos by The Don and OL Bluenote, a Bass solo by Bass Ventura (aka The Reverend Dave Heinz), and the most eerily forewaring and controversial speech ever recorded by President JFK. It's a toss-up, but if I had to pick a favorite track on the album, this would be the one.
6) FTC - The Don, OL Bluenote, Bass Ventura, and Joe Milli rip 'em all apart over this Rage-inspired heavy guitar riff, accented by EZI's trademark bugged-out synth. From Congress, to crooked cops, to the lemmings and idiocrats in the cyber world, the verses tear up the establishment so much that nothing need be said in the chorus, which is one wild ass rhythm penned by AMG's beast of a drummer, Deep Fry Defraia. FTC is the fiercest of the fierce on No Working Title both lyrically and musically. After a ripping guitar solo from Bluenote, the outro segues seemlessly into the next song...
7) End The Fed - Heavy guitars, dirty bass, pounding drums, low-end piano, and Libertarian-minded lyrics concerning the need to dismantle the nation's Central Bank, by citing a laundry list of abuses by the Corporatocracy created by The Federal Reserve. The Don's solo vocals are earnest, urgent, and best of all: fact-checked, as the rest of AMG holds down the fusion grunge / hip-hop beat. The song ends in an explosion of guitar feedback, before giving temporary reprieve to the increasingly serious tone on the album.
8) WORLD OF THE PSYCHIC - An improvised, instrumental journey into the unknown, with twists, turns, highs, lows, heavy and mellow, all rolled into one. Speaking of rolling one-- if you happen to be doing so while listening to No Working Title, skip to track 8, close your eyes and lay back. The challenge is to try and remain reclined while intently listening through the duration of this song. GO!
9) Bungalow Row - Beach Bum and Peyote Princess (from AMG's first album, "Band of Bugouts") apparently have a younger brother with an affinity for hallucinogenics, and the need to get down and dirty. This song hits it all from bluesy funk, to hip-hop, to psychedelic surf rock, and makes no apologies for the dramatic shifts in music and overall vibe. The sunburnt Reverend Bass Ventura recounts good times in Thailand with sing-along verses and choruses, punctuated by "The Bugout." Joe Milli jumps in with a verse over a funked out beat, and is still looking for a lady to shack up with on the beach, but is content to settle sleeping in his peaceful surroundings if need be. The outro of the song is a trip deep into surf-rock-inner-space-of-the-outter-bugout, and only intensifies as it approaches the end. It starts off sounding as if it were to stay in a bluesy-rock comfort zone, but ends up being AMG's most experimental song on the album.
10) Dirt Shit - Not a single four letter word in the lyrics, so we saved it for the title. AMG's dirtiest, hard rockin' blues jam to date. Stellar vocals and lead guitar work by OL' Bluenote, highlighted with piano that strays everywhere on the keyboard. Fans of down and dirty rock and roll can start right here. After all, it ain't called DIRT SHIT for nothin'.
11) The Sneak - A chameleon of a song that blends hard alternative rock, hip-hop, and some raunchy humor. Mix in some bluesy leads, "the next great American Bassline" (as penned by Bass Ventura), and THE SNEAK IS ON. There is some Latin-style percussion that pops up now and again, and an epic build-up bridge where each player in the band introduces himself instrumentally with three second solos. Overall, a very rockin' and up-tempo song, with a hook guaranteed to snag ya.
12) Sink Or Swim â Slow, raw, one-take (well, maybe two) blues presented with crystal clear production. OLâ Bluenote shines in his vocal delivery over walking bass, subtle keys, and tremolo-vibrato guitar. There is beauty in its simplicity, and ugliness in its truth: Freedom is either sinkin' or swimmin', so... you might as well jump in. The ending is best described as sounding like Wile E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner off a cliff, which leads nicely intoâ¦
13) Guerilla Monsoon - Which starts off with a heavy descending riff, before adding some smooth keys, which turns it into the hip-hop anthem of the album, greater than or equal to Band of Bugouts' closer, "YDWFWU." Lyrical interplay between Joe Milli and The Don rock the verses with lyrics somewhat reminiscent of the Goumba Rock on the first album, with the chorus switching from Joe Milli's in-your-face vocals to some atypically staccato vocal melodies from OL' Bluenote. After two verses, the Monsoon crashes ashore, with heavy guitars, drums, synth, and bass, playing under a badass talk box guitar solo which the Gorillas appropriately and affectionately call "The Heroin." The Heroin starts with the slow-mo, where-the-hell-am-I confusion, with the talk box wailing befor the Alpha Males ask the question that we've been setting the listener up for the entire album, "Do you feel like we do?" Does this, lyrically, musically, and emotionally resonate with you, as it does for us?
We hope it does, and we hope you thoroughly enjoy listening to "No Working Title" as much as we enjoyed writing and recording this album-- our best work to date. We'd like to offer special thanks to Jon Stern for his professionalism and saint-like patience in helping us bring you the HeaVy Mellow.
"QUIT YOUR JOBS AND JOIN A-M-G," that is, the Reversal of Evolution-- the Revolution.
-With PEACE and LOVE to everyone out there, this summary is ADJOURNED.
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