June 26, 2008

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Rob Gee, Says
Rock Ridge Music, May 6
Well on his way to becoming the Weird Al of drum n bass, Rob Gee will make you laugh — not a whoa-I’m-supposed-to-be-laughing laugh, but a these-chaps-are-total-imbeciles-and-I-approve laugh. This isn’t a joke band per se, mind, but by the same token don’t let the leadoff track chase you away — the first parts of “Asylum” may walk like album-filler for Kid Rock, but Gee’s gotten a lot of jollies from Ministry in this life and knows how to bring the murder-death-industrial, to which that song and the even better “Lost Control” attest. Something snaps, though, and without warning Gee and his perfect morons are perfecting their Robert DeNiro/Dice Clay impersonations, making like Alvin and the Chipmunks slapping together a cheeseball slab of original-sin hyper-speed Casio-driven DnB (“Jersey Guido”). And just like that, you’re hip-deep in Velveeta, bouncy gabber beats making the stupidly overdone ethnic jokes even stupider — it’s like being chased around by a Super Mario Brother methodically beating your head in with a test-your-strength circus hammer. What had me hitting the deck was the cover of AC/DC’s “Hells Bells,” initially tinkering away like a copy band trying earnestly to get the song right, and here comes Super Mario again with the square-wave bonk-bonk-bonk as though he’d lost you and he was eager to catch up on old times. This is fricking priceless. AEric W. Saeger