Timmy’s Organism – Rise of the Green Gorilla

January 01, 1970

(Sacred Bones)




Timmy Vulgar used to be in the Clone Defects, and in some
ways, it’s easy to see his new project as a genetic experiment on the raw DNA
of his Motor City brand of garage punk. Switch out a
few Iggy sequences, shine some radiation on the MC5, and maybe you’d come up
with something like this mutant Gorilla: powerful, uncivilized and a shocking,
wholly unexpected shade of green.


As with all great mutations, the change takes time to
manifest. Opener “Ugly Dream” is a brutal blast of distorted guitars and toms, a
jungle-chant set to punk rock levels of angst, almost Dirtbombs-ish in its mix
of primitivism and futuristic foreboding. “Pretty Stare” is even more
straightforward, a Saints-esque rain of strummed guitars, a Johnny Thunder-ish
rant against fickle womanhood, and classic punk all the way. (Though it does
rhyme the title with the phrase, “Don’t forget your underwear.”) 


From there, things get decidedly weirder, simultaneously
more primitive and more electronic. “Oafeus Clouds” sounds like a tribe of
bushmen breaking into a disco, “Building the Friend-Ship” is like minimalist
techno built out of wooden blocks and “Gorilla Garden Part 2,” the sort-of
title track, is a mesh of tortured wah-wah and free-association, recorded as if
through several toy cassette decks wired with cotton thread and soaked in
vegetable oil. All this makes it sound like a failed experiment, but in fact,
it’s kind of brilliant – abrasive, unconventional and absolutely unconcerned
with what you make of it. Moreover, just when you’re getting used to the whole
recorded-in-a-bathtub, drum-pounding, dirt-crusted aesthetic, Vulgar takes a
turns towards the lyrical in vivid spoken word and electronics of “Silver
Mountain,” the phosphorescent, guitar-gleaming glow of “The Traveler.” Both
tracks are  beautiful, in strange,
convoluted ways that are not generally seen in nature. But then, what would you
expect from a Green Gorilla?


Stare”, “Gorilla Garden
Part 2”, “Silver Mountain” JENNIFER KELLY

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