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song obsession : Pellet Gun : “Rock and Roll”

01 Feb 2011 · No Comments

This weekend my brain was p0wned by Pellet Gun’s version of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” (from last year’s From the Land of Ice and Snow a mostly northwest indie rock tribute project with unlikely participants like Laura Veirs, Rebecca Gates, and Chris Walla. Jealous Butcher has the hook-up).

In Pellet Gun’s hands the song is almost-but-not-quite unrecognizable without the lyric. The slightly sneery talk-sung vocal recalls Henry Rollins (especially on “Slip It In”) or Big Black’s Albini, with just a dash of the brilliant, demented disrespect Artie Sinatra brought to Dinosaur Jr’s covers of Young’s “Lotta Love” and The Byrd’s “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better.” The sheer quantity of guitar noise reminded me of Book of Knot’s magnificent deconstruction of “The Ballad of John Henry” from Traineater, but although both tracks are amply spiky, “John Henry” lurches, but “Rock and Roll” drives.

I really want to hear more from this band and/or the people in it, but the album credits only have this to say about Pellet Gun: Eric, Guitar; Dave: Bass; Brian: Drums. Any additional info would be appreciated. The only “Pellet Gun” I can find on the Internetubes is an Arkansan blues/funk/rock act — very clearly not them.

Tags: 2010 · experimental · indie rock · p · punk · song obsession · song of the week

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