What is astonishingly clever is the way a diverse mixture of songs can bond together so well.
You wouldn't think for one minute that the glorious blues rock romp of Get with the Program would be followed by one of the best alt-country ballads I've heard in recent times, with Caitlin Silvers.
This band could have slung in their interpretation of 1920's Jazz and it would probably have still worked on this album.
Gasfoodlodging are a three piece ensemble who reside in Birmingham, UK. They are fronted by Dave Griffiths (Pictured) who as well as being chief songwriter and vocalist is a highly competent guitar playing noodler who consistently adds the perfect touch of playing in exactly the right place. Listen to another four great tracks from the album, From The Darkness of a Day, Sometimes, Keep Your Headlights On and Walking The Wire and you will hear my point being clarified.
Other examples of musical brilliance include Keep on Keeping On which has exquisite guitar overlaying, Life is for Living which is full of rock & rolling soul flavour and Six Strings Ringing which is nothing short of a lyrical masterpiece.
Interestingly, Griffiths mentions Pete Doherty of Babyshambles fame as an influence in the band bio I received. I'm not surprised to hear that after listening to All Trashed Out. As with Doherty, Griffiths is doing his own interpretation on music of a similar vein to bands such as The Velvet Underground and The Clash but in my estimation Gasfoodlodging have far more variety to their sound. I can hear splashes of Jimi Hendrix, Teenage Fanclub, Jerry Jeff Walker and Iggy Pop throughout this outstanding album.
For a city whose most recent well known band was the bland and frankly predictable, The Editors, its with welcome relief to hear that Birmingham has far more impressive things afoot musically. All Trashed Out by Gasfoodlodging is as tasty as a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Its positively delectable.