This website was previously owned by a Rock musical group based in England who called themselves Gorilla. They produced and participated in many events and below is some more history about the group that I recovered from the wayback machine.
Gorilla were from England and were formed in the summer of ’98 by guitarist John Redfern and bassist Sarah Russell. The last piece of the Gorilla jigsaw was crazed double bass drum monster Richard Gupy. A reincarnation of Keith Moon? Could be, no one one knows for sure…
What is known for sure is that Gorilla oozes the rare funk of the heavy 70’s. Calling upon the essence of their heroes [The Who, Grand Funk and Blue Cheer], Gorilla create some kind of alchemy on their debut that causes a mind altering, fuzz-laden trip to Detroit’s Grande Ballroom on a hot ‘n sweaty summer night in ’71 where MC5 are throwing down their sonic supremacy…
The album is full of kick-ass retro rock foot stompers. Redfern’s riffs are thick, murderous and smoky. Armed with his trusty Gibson SG Special, he lights a primal fire in opener “Good Time Rockin”. There’s some drag race induced action in “Coxsackie”. “Roach End Salad” sports a James Gang/Grand Funk feel with Bonzo’s kit beaten up by the illustrious Moon. “Acorn Brain” and “Nowhere To Go But Down” — in the best Blue Cheer tradition — are based around Sarah Russell’s superdoom bass riffs. “40 Winks” is Gorilla’s Sabbath worshipping.
Then there’s “Ironball”, the one that started it all for Gorilla and “Day Blindness”, a song that could have been written by The Who and included on their classic “Live at Leeds”. Finish everything off with an authentic, live-sounding production from Mr Liam “Boom Boom” Watson and you have an album that sounds like a long lost 70’s gem, Gorilla is the exact prescription for my “bored with new rock” malaise. The doctor brought me the cure!
This album kills me. KILLS ME! It releases some kind of primal energy that turns me into a seething, raging beast. First you have drummer Gupy who just beats the skins senseless! Ghost of Moon indeed! More like a 40 foot tall giant beating on the kit with a couple of redwood trees. Then there’s bassist Russell’s fat sensuous grooves that define the bottom end and then freak out in Entwistle speed runs up and down the neck.
She is equally adept at being the bottom or soaring off to the stratosphere. Guitarist Redfern tops everything off with a sound as heavy and greasy as a leaky transmission from a 1970 Buick GS. He spews notes like a bad fighter spews broken teeth — bloody and painful — and then tears off ripping garage riffs that snap yer neck and rock yer ass.
When I die I want “Nowhere To Go But Down” to be my funeral dirge. Besides the fact that it’s a great pun, this is the riff that I want to send me off to eternity. And it’s not just a riff, it’s a great song. Sure, Gorilla have huge, raw sound and they have a great retro vibe but what they really have is SONGS. Great heavy rock songs with stops and starts and build ups and let downs and melodies and stupifyingly crushing riffs. That is how they compare to Blue Cheer to me, with great songs.
My other favorite song is “Coxsackie” with it’s “dirtier than a porno film in a mud storm” guitar sound. This is a song that the MC5 would be proud to have written themselves, an epic jam based on heavy blues and that explodes into a guitar noise-jam freak out. YES!!!! MORE!!!! AAAUUUGGGHHH!!! I better go lay down now…
I’ve undertaken the task of restoring the website and will be publishing content that has insights about music development as a career. Already I have published several interesting posts that I collected and will be adding more in days to come. The articles can be accessed by clicking through various categories below.
I am a firm believer of self therapy. From practicing yoga to utilizing exercises as an ideal way to reduce stress, I firmly believe that music is one of the best forms of self therapy that there is. In fact, I find the soothing benefits of music to be so crucial that I simply cannot go an hour without. My personality as a whole is been heavily influenced by the soothing effects of it as well. Ever since I discovered the benefits that listening to certain kinds of music has to offer, I have been hooked ever since.
My infatuation for music began during my high school years. No matter how hard I tried to focus on the tasks that were given to me, I realized that I simply could not focus on them. As such, whenever I completed my homework assignments, my teachers would always acknowledge the fact that my thoughts – in relation to my writing – were always inconsistent.
This all stopped when I read an article online, that proclaimed that certain types of relaxing music such as slow tempo soundtracks could help you to improve your focus. At first I was skeptical about the whole concept of using music to focus on my tasks. Yet, after one single day of trying it, I was impressed with the results. By listening to low tempo calming soundtracks, I was able to finally fine tune out the world and focus on the task at hand without interruption.
Throughout college, I continuously relied on music to help me to complete my tasks, so much so that I simply cannot remain focused without the utilization of music. However, due to the spectacular results I gained from using it as a focus aid, I conducted a bit more research to see how using music as a form of self therapy could help to improve other areas in my life. I was astonished to see, that music in itself can improve several aspects of an individual’s life, from weight loss endeavors enhanced motivation, to alleviating stress.
However, one of the most astonishing pieces I came across was the fact that many breast cancer patients also utilized music as a form of therapy when it came to helping them to mitigate the aches and stresses that are associated with chemotherapy. In fact, a family member of mines herself is a breast cancer patient survivor. While she was in the midst of undergoing chemotherapy, she too proclaimed that the aches and stress that’s associated with treatment was proving too much to bare.
Out of mere skepticism, I recommended that she considered the possibility of using calm and soothing soundtracks to help her get her mind off the stresses she was undergoing throughout the entire treatment process. She herself, proclaimed that it had a significant impact on her and that using it as a form of self therapy significant made the entire process easier.
As far as I am concerned, I live a particularly high-function life. Besides the fact that I strive to keep my body in shape, have a family that consists of 3 loving, yet tireless children, I also work at a high-stress job within the corporate business sector. Over the years, I have come to realize that a large part of the reason why I was able to maintain my physical physique as well as my sanity, was primarily due to the fact that I use soothing music to carry me throughout the days, regardless if it’s to enhance my motivation for the day that lies ahead, alleviate some stress during my lunch break periods, as well as to help me to sit and focus on the things I need to take care of, for the week that lies ahead on Sundays.
For instance, before I discovered the benefits that it had to offer, the whole concept of jogging, or going to the gym was an extremely boring task for me, that I would not follow through with on most days. However, the low tempo soundtracks that I keep on my phone have proven to be especially useful when it comes to motivating me to push forward, regardless of the type of exercise that I conduct.
I have also come to realize that it helps to alleviate the stress that plagues my mind,after I get out of work. So much so that it’s the first thing that I do, as soon as I leave my work establishment. As such, if you live a particular stressful life, need a natural source of motivation, or if you have ever considered the possibility of meditating so that you can gain some mental clarity in your life, I highly recommended that you research and consider the possibility of using, calm and relaxing soundtracks.