Originally released on cassette in 2012. The cult of GENTLEMEN continues with the re-release of SEX TAPE on HOMELESS RECORDS. Dragged kicking and screaming into a higher-fidelity by MIKEY YOUNG.
SOME NICE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN SAID ABOUT GENTLEMEN:
“Melbourne hate-rocker's demo tape, which has been lodged in the deck for the good part of a week. Nasty street level scumrock that exists in the netherworld between Drunks With Guns and King Snake Roost, full of madman vocals and riffs that delve deep into the abyss and stare back, guitars of the mandatory paint-peeling and/or skin-flaying persuasion. Fucking raw shit right here. Even the song titles are exceptional: "I Wanna Be A Closer", "Military Style Massage", "Wild Action Jazz"...I could go on. Side B starts to get even more motivated, sometimes bubbling in a Piranhas way, sometimes sounding like a collison of Flag power riffing and Midwestern Tar Babies rail jumping. Towards the end there's even a Clevo-style facemasher. The great thing is, there's not a ton of feedback/reverb either, this is just in yer face dick-kicking heavy rock. The singer sounds a lot like the Bits of Shit guy, but maybe all tough Aussie fucks have the same delivery. Recorded in the dirt, this is another tape that would probably make your eyes water if they get a shot to do it pro. Recommended for dirtbags everywhere.” – TERMINAL BOREDOM
"Ugly rock from Australia. Think FEEDTIME for an old comparison, USELESS CHILDREN or SLICES for a modern one. Chaotic, really dirty and "I Wanna Be A Closer" is my favorite song of the day, though I can't imagine GENTLEMEN would care. And that is why they are awesome." – MAXIMUM ROCK AND ROLL
“Melbourne’s Gentlemen straddle a couple decades of drug punk, sounding at times like the darker 80’s (Scratch Acid), at times more like raw 90’s / early 2000’s obnoxious garage punk (early Hunches, Clone Defects). Easiest reference point: Pissed Jeans, Francis Harold, etc. They kick a nice scathing dirge or two on their demo, rabid vocal presence over sick fuck guitar hate, and they can let a riff play out for a few thousand repetitions without losing me.” – TAPE PISS
“Being a punk band a couple decades ago must’ve been tough. Being a bummer punk band like Flipper, Stick Men With Rayguns, Drunks With Guns, or Feedtime (Gentlemen’s fellow countrymen) must’ve been even tougher. Getting people to care about ugly, repetitive, shit-fi music isn’t an easy task. That’s one reason why I admire the people who go about making ugly, repetitive, shit-fi music. They’re literally making this music for themselves and, only in some cases, for the very few others who give two shits about it. Gentlemen, along with the Lamps, Shaved Women, Francis Harold and the Holograms, Pissed Jeans, Watery Love, and a half-dozen or so others are admirable. They make the kind of ugly, bleak noise rock I need in my life. The kind that’s equally influenced by the aforementioned bands and side two of My War. I couldn’t tell ya exactly why I wanna hear this kind of music, it’s just in my blood. What I do know is that my blood boils every time I hear of a new band creating this raw, uncompromising, completely unmarketable kind of rock’n'roll (a key distinction—this is not just noise). If you put a thermometer under my tongue while I was listening to Sex Tape Demo I surely would’ve shot mercury all over the wall, and that’s not all. Ok, maybe that’s all. Regardless, if the name dropping I did in this stupid review got you excited, you’ll climax your mind over this tape. Someone please press it into vinyl already. Tapes are so 2010. Gentlemen prefer blondes and vinyl.” – YOUR FLESH
“…I should have reviewed this about 4 months ago, but I kind of forgot about it and in doing so neglected one of the best demos I've heard all year. I first gave this a tape a listen with friends in the car, and one of them asked if it was the Hank Wood LP. It was a fair question because a few of these songs meld thrashy hardcore with sleazy sounding 90's garage, but to Gentlemen's credit, this demo has a lot more going for it besides just mixing those two genres. The singer reminds me a lot of Gary Floyd from The Dicks, especially on the songs "Military Style Massage" and "Perry." Basically,this whole tape is a monster, melding the more rock and roll parts of No Trend and Flipper while adding some modern elements to the mix as well. Australia has had the garage rock scene by the balls for the past couple years, so its good to see that there's some negative noise coming from Down Under worth listening to as well.” – ACHTUNG
released December 6, 2013
Recorded by Scott Viney.
Mastered by Mikey Young.
Photos by Dave Coen.
Design by Pete Hyde.
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