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MP3 Gay Black Republican - Enola

Old School Social/Political Surf Punk pushed beyond the normal limits of punk rock.

9 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Punk, ROCK: Hard Rock

GBR began in 2001 from the surviving members of the Repeat Offenders: Tony, Pooh and Lenen and the addition of Rich on bass while his other band was on break. The guys worked on putting together a live set and immediately played some shows including a startling appearance at the Melody Inn''s Punk Rock Night. Before long they recorded a 4 song demo, then expanded it into their first full length album titled "Drive By Plane-ing". The band toured regionally during the next year and soon returned to the studio to record the highly acclaimed "Ballet on Barbed Wire" which was named one of the top ten local albums of the year by NUVO Newsweekly. Not wanting to rest and relish in the CD''s success, GBR struggled to move forward with writing new material due to various delays related to finding a new drummer. After several auditions and much false hope, they found current drummer Sean. The newly revitalized group recorded 8 new songs for the 2006 release "enola" which they presented to the world at a CD release party at Birdy''s on March 15, 2006.

"Giving it up for the kids"
Show Review by Jeff Napier

Saturday, April 29

Coming a week after an incendiary performance at a packed Punk Rock Night, Gay Black Republican found itself in front of a different kind of audience: Mexicans. The audience was assembled at Chilango’s, a combo Mexican restaurant/grocery/social hall at 16th and Arlington. Gay Black Republican was there as part of the venue’s Dia de los Niños, or “Kids Day.” It doesn’t get any better than watching a socio-political punk band called Gay Black Republican play at a Mexican kids’ carnival.

Despite all this, or maybe because of it, GBR rocked the house right proper. Pooh-Daddy’s Malkmus-on Angel Dust guitar propelled the tight rhythm section into a raucous punk rock frenzy topped off by a crazy, theatrical lead singer named Tony Garcia. The crowd assembled at Chilango’s was a bit reserved at first, but by the time GBR launched into “Ballet on Barbed Wire,” they were thoroughly rocking.

By the time GBR had run through its songlist litany of guns, dope and fucking in the street, the kids were giggling, older women sat in the restaurant part peacefully eating tortas and reggaetron rattled the dance floor. Sideshow Bob-looking bassist Rich Barker was selling CDs hand over fist. “Last week we played one of the biggest shows we’ve ever played and now we played one of the weirdest shows we’ve ever played. We sold out of CDs both times, so it’s all good.”

Your next chance to catch Gay Black Republican is on May 6 at Mo’s Loading Dock. Go.

July, 2004
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CD Review by Rob G of The Free Zone (88.7 FM WICR)
Ballet on Barbed Wire
Recommended if you like:
Dead Kennedys, Fear, The Dictators

A confrontational name like Gay Black Republican gives you an idea to expect something political from this band. Sure enough, many of the lyrics on “Ballet on Barbed Wire,” G.B.R.''s second album, take the political system to task and when combined with the raw, aggressive sound of the band, the overall effect is much like many of the early Los Angeles punk bands. In addition to the old school punk flavor, there''s a pinch of the Butthole Surfers brand of insanity in the music G.B.R. creates.

The eleven tracks on “Ballet on Barbed Wire” are simple, loud, and a little bit sloppy. G.B.R. tears in to their material with the appropriate amount of sneering energy and their politics, while upfront, are never preachy. The album is paced well and while it never strays too far from three chords and a snotty attitude, there''s enough diversity in the songs to prevent them from all running together and sounding the same. While there isn''t much here that hasn''t been done before, what is here is done well.

October 1, 2003
Show Preview by Mark Erickson

"Gay BlackRrepublican - What''s in a name?"
You have to admit that the name is an attention getter. Self-described as an aggressive, confrontational punk rock band, Gay Black Republican''s in-your-face stage presence keeps audiences on their toes as well. As with many bands these days, GBR doesn''t easily fit into specific musical genres. GBR''s brand of punk is not a garage or soul-rooted sound, but more of an anarchist, visceral tone. Think Butthole Surfers meet the Dead Kennedys. GBR churns out an aggressive groove fronted by lead vocalist Tony Garcia''s angry, socio-political, lyrics. And whatever you do, don''t ask why there isn''t an African-American in the group. The band continues to garner local praise, but it remains to be seen whether Gay Black Republican is for real or just an attempt at shock.

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