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Watch and listen:
Lenny Helsing: Bashing, wailing
John Gibbs: Chopping, shouting
Russ Wilkins: Slashing, screaming
The Wildebeests are something of a garage-rock supergroup, seeing as the group consists of John Gibbs (The Kaisers, Holly Golightly Band, The Masonics), Lenny Helsing (Thanes, Green Telescope) and, last but not least, Russ Wilkins (Pop Rivets, Milkshakes and Delmonas). These three gits all cut their teeth playing raw beat music and generally causing an aural ruckus and have been doing so since before the likes of the Arctic Monkeys et al were born (which obviously means that theyre at least twice as good as any of those young whippernsappers!). When their paths crossed they found that they had the same old cranky, rusty equipment plus some new(ish) shiny tunes that they had accumulated along the way and, wah hey, the Wildebeests were born!
Slight joy that we bring for today, “Gnuggets” of The Wildebeests, is a compilation that has sent to the seal Dirty Water Record in honor to some of the bands of garage and rock more powerful and productive `n `roll of the last years. A double album with all the 7”, singles and EP's that sent British Wildebeests between year 1994 and the 2006.
If you’re in the habit of checking out new releases on London garage label Dirty Water, you couldn’t have missed this extravagant singles compilation set by The Wildebeests from November last year.
The Wildebeests are not the kind of garage band that you would hope to return to the garage that they crawled from to leave the engine running. Instead, the band features members of The Headcoats, Milkshakes, Thanes, Kaisers and Masonics, scuttling back to a fumigated time when rampant, raw beat music was as original as a SAAB 99.
Fans of what might be called ‘The Medway Sound’ should be familiar with the members of rhe Wildebeests - they’ve done time in the Delmonas, Masonics, the Thanes, the Kaisers, the Pop Rivets and Milkshakes. If you’ve got a Billy Childish album this compilation of 33 tracks previously available on a wide range of singles and suchlike will offer absolutely no surprises. If you are the easily surprised type, the 'Nuggets'-aping cover will presumably allow you to void even that.
Lo-fi be fucked, this double album from The Wildebeests has more hiss than a pit of vipers and, in fairness, more than enough venom within these tracks to give one a nasty nip, with some choice covers and originals to satisfy fans young and old. It's like a cool rock 'n' roll karaoke but with a singer (if you know what I mean) but sadly that's only the half of it. Half being the key word.
The demise last spring of London's premier garage-punk bolthole, the Dirty Water Club, was an unexpected loss. However, its sister label has thankfully gone from strength to strength with a series of authentically grimy releases, and this newie from the Wildebeests is no exception
The music of this trio composed by John Gibbs (The Kaisers, Holly Golightly, The Masonics), Lenny Helsing (Thanes, Green Telescope) and Russ Wilkins (Pop Rivets, Milkshakes and Delmonas) is truly becoming special, record to record