Gino and the Goons – Check This Out EP (Slovenly Records)
Artist: Gino and the Goons
Album: Check This Out EP
Label: Slovenly Records
Gino and the Goons Check This Out EP has all the fury of Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers mixed with the aggressive emotions of primal R & B; however, while what this EP offers is neither exactly new nor earth shattering, it is quite charming and easy to get behind. The EP is, in all senses of the phrase, no-bullshit rock ‘n’ roll and lord knows I have a soft spot in my heart for raw and primitive sounds. This is especially the case when this band superbly combines the sounds of the swamp with the rambunctiousness of something nostalgic like what someone could sample from Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers’ legendary album L.A.M.F. — which Gino and The Goons did with their version of the Heartbreakers’ “Let Go,” which can be found on the B-side. So, reader, if you are looking for something that is simple and tugs on the strings of rock ‘n’ roll sounds that are timeless and are an easy listen, this EP is something that you will appreciate and to which you will possibly bounce around.
By Nick Kuzmack