Album review: 1000 Words by The Gonzos

1000 words by The Gonzos
1000 words by The Gonzos
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A four-piece from Leeds who formed last year, The Gonzos play a hybrid of punk, grunge and metal with attitude.

Opening track Absolute Zero sets the tone – “You’re absolutely low/There’s nothing lower than you,” they snarl over crashing cymbals and a dirty guitar riff. Come To Me hurtles along like Motorhead - without Lemmy’s gruff tones but ornamented by a guitar solo.

The punky reggae tones of Sucking on a Shotgun are an atypical pause for breath before Careless and the album’s title track pick up the pace again. The latter is particularly ferocious – “One thousand times you said to me/That you thought it was too late,” they howl for dear life.

There’s little subtlety here, and perhaps the production could do with some refinement (bass and guitar are often hard to distinguish beneath the distortion), but The Gonzos do like big choruses and their songs are propulsive.

The big rock ballad Fortune or Fate shows they can vary the template occasionally and there’s a welcome wah-wah flourish in the closing track Animal.

The Gonzos launch 1000 Words at The Wardrobe, St Peter’s Square, Leeds on December 13. Doors 7pm, tickets £5.

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