Gear Daddies- Billy's Live Bait
I can't remember how I got into the Gear Daddies, but I'm pretty sure it was mainly because they were a Minnesota band and after I became a huge 'Mats fan, I was consuming every band I could find from the Twin Cities scene. I want to say that I remember reading an article that described the Gear Daddies as the "best bar band in America", so I had to get it. Unfortunately, they broke up before I had a chance to see them. But I hear they play ever summer around the Upper Midwest. I gotta road trip up there to check that out.
This was the first album of theirs I got on cassette, and I played it repeatedly. I loved it so much I also got their first album, Let's Go Scare Al, as soon as I could. Too bad I haven't found that one on vinyl yet. I look every time I'm out hunting.
I would easily give this album 5 stars if I ranking albums on a scale of 1 to 5. It may have been the first "y'allternative" album I ever got. You just can't beat Martin Zellar's vocals. The guy just pours out his voice with so much emotion, it can give you goose bumps. Especially on a song like "Don't Look Me". There is not a bad song on this album. If this album came out in the 70's or even early 80's, they could have been huge.
Another note, this album has the ghost track they are most famous for, "Zamboni". Y'know, the song every hockey rink plays when the Zamboni driver comes out to resurface the ice during hockey games. Zellar must have made a small fortune off of that song.
One more thing, this blog is going to go on hiatus the rest of this week. SXSW is starting up and I won't have any time to sit at home, listen to a record, and then blog about it. But be sure to keep your eyes on www.thevinyldistrict.com. I'll be posting tons of stuff on there and live tweeting SXSW on Twitter. See you in a week!