The Necronauts: Gauche et Droite

Gauche et Droite

(The Necronauts)
Release Date: 
Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hey kids, do you remember when alternative when it really was alternative? You know, NO ONE HAD EVER HEARD OF IT, and it didn't win Grammys or get played on your parents' stations? Well then, "Gauche et Droite," the long-awaited fifth album from brothers Billy and Dale Goodman and Chris Warmuth (i.e., The Necronauts) is right up your alley.

You get two discs of 40 pure and raw and entirely enjoyable songs:

  • 21 songs on disc 1 (gauche)
  • 19 songs on disc 2 (droite)

That's a lot of music, peeps. Granted most of them clock in around the 2 1/2 minute mark, but WTH? This stuff is good. Is it perfect post-production quality? Hell no, and thank goodness for that! These are not your typical three-chord songs that spew angst, rather they are filled with meanings that may deny the title (e.g., "Skateboarding Hurts" ain't about skateboards) and hello, odd meter rythms! Ok, there may be some angst, but it's so perfectly packaged, it's actually real. And you can relate to it. All of it.

The Necronauts cite Sonic Youth, Sebadoh, Pavement, Pixies, Nirvana, Fugazi, and Built to Spill as some of their influences, but honestly I hear more than that, but I just can't put my finger on what it is. All I know is that I like it and will be listening to this record a lot.

Review by Jennifer Isbell