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Reviewed by Ania Glowacz

Gold Medal Famous: Album Of National Significance

Reviewed by Ania Glowacz

Gold Medal Famous: Album Of National Significance

Satire, humour, politics, but mainly rock (in caps!), this is definitely an acquired taste. Gold Medal Famous reference points would include Spinal Tap and Deja Voodoo, but there’s always been exponents of this sort of expression.

You’ve got your jokey sarcastic punk et al, and now we also apparently have chap hop (yes, combine ‘chap’ and ‘hip hop’ and there is a genre).

This one is defiantly (sic) in the rock vein and there’s a bit of Behemoth action, a customer complaint track regarding the experience of Air NZ, tracks called Cooking With A Masher, Rude Running Lady (replete with high pitched vocals), Aging Process, Time For Crime, Freak Accident… safe to say no topics are sacred, and why should they be? The question is not is this music valid, it’s do they get across what they are trying to say without being sad, bad and pathetic (as is always a danger with unconventional topical social commentary)?

The answer is definitely yes. The recording may be helluva rough in places, but given it was recorded mostly in a Brooklyn flat and Newtown bedsit it has survived quite well. The period covered is 2012 – ’14, and irresponsible parties are Tamsin Grigg, Vorn Colgan and Chris Wilson. I salute them – and so do their live audiences. Warning: contains profanities here and there. All in context.