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MP3 The Government - Girth Hammer

Gritty Blues Boogie with Hard Rock written all over it.

13 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Hard Rock, BLUES: Rockin'' Blues

"Girth Hammer" is brilliant! It is unconventional and wild, I haven’t heard an album... that rocks as much as this one does. I have played it about 15 times since I''ve had it, and I must say it just keeps on giving... it gets better every time. This is a must have CD!

-Jeff Shephard, Omaha Scenester

Sometimes musician, producers, critics and even fans get too caught up in the production and pretension of creating songs and albums.
Fortunately, there are bands such as The Government to remind us music is first and foremost about entertainment.
A local outfit that originally formed in Norfolk, Nebraska. The band drops its first album Saturday in a two-set CD release show at Knickerbockers, 901 O St.
The Government is the joint project of vocalist/guitarist Shaun Sparks, guitarist Liam the Diabolical, bassist Lightnin'' Boy and drummer Mello. It started in 1998 when a few of the guys met in college, but in 2003 the band reformed with its current lineup and a new musical direction.
"Before we got back together, the guitar was pretty straight forward," Sparks said. "I wasn''t putting a lot into it. But when we added Liam (in 2003), it gave us a lot of flavor as far as roots and blues."
Those influences come out in the band''s latest release, "Girth Hammer."
From the opening moments of the album, as an emcee introduces the band before the disc''s first song, it''s apparent this band is out to remind listeners why they listen to music.
"We wanted it to be like a really big, overproduced rock album," Sparks said.
Whatever the goal, "Girth Hammer" works. The album is all at once epic and engrossing - a full-frontal rock record with a healthy mix of down and dirty drinkin songs.
But most importantly, "Girth Hammer," like the band itself, is all about irreverent fun.
"A few of the songs you can tell have these weird theatrical changes that are obviously kind of humorous," Liam the Diabolical said. "We were laughing as we wrote them."

-Joel Gehringer, Lincoln Journal-Star article from Ground Zero, Friday, March 24th, 2006

"The Gov''t reminds me why I keep listening to Lincoln music. Dare I say Sunday''s best show?"

-Joel Gehringer, Lincoln Journal-Star, in an article regarding Lincoln Calling, an annual 3 day music showcase

I saw The Gov''t for the first time last night, and they blew me away! During their first song or two it would have been easy to dismiss them as total Butt Rock, they have a lot of overtones of classic rock and even hints of southern rock, but the further along they got the more intriguing their music became. Set aside their "good ol'' boy" exterior, and with each passing song it becomes obvious that they''re putting a lot of thought and work into their songwriting and arranging. Stylistically they''re covering a lot of ground, some songs are pretty poppy, some countryish, some blues, with the aforementioned classic rock sound remaining pretty consistent throughout the set. One song reminded me a quite a bit of Blue Oyster Cult (when B.O.C. were good). The lyrics are all really good, and the interplay of the guitar work between Shaun Sparks and Liam Harrison is really good. Check these guys out!

- by Tery Daly of Star City Scene 3-2-05

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