April 6, 2008

CPC Gangbangs – Mutilation Nation

Filed under: Hype,Music — RustyJames @ 4:41 pm

[Swami Records; 2007]

Ladies and gents get out your moustaches and join the Mutilation Nation.

Mention Canadian cultural exports and you’ll probably get a list of no-hopers like Michael Ondaatje, Leonard Cohen and Atom Egoyan. One of Canada’s greatest under-acknowledged cultural exports is the movie Fubar, directed by Michael Dowse. Fubar examines, in fake-documentary style, the mysteries and vagaries of “headbanger” culture, following the exploits of two banger lifers Terry (Dave Lawrence) and Dean (Paul Spence), as they talk about life, get bombed, go camping, battle cancer and just generally giv’er.

Fubar was filmed in and around Calgary, Alberta, stronghold of banger culture and the place where I grew up. In the late ‘90s and into the ‘00s, a local rock dive called the Night Gallery would host a two night bash every May long weekend called “Moustache Rock”, featuring local bands performing the heavy hits of the ‘70s and ‘80s with proceeds going to charity. If there’s one current band infused with the spirit of Moustache Rock, it’s CPC Gangbangs, a band which features… Paul Spence.

You see how I tied all that together?

CPC Gangbangs are a throttling Montreal four piece anchored by the dual guitar attack of Spence and lead singer Roy “Choyce” Vucino. “Dual guitars”, you say? Why that sounds like metal. Straight up it does, and CPC Gangbangs owe much to the sweaty dudes of the ‘70s in bands like UFO and Judas Priest. If riffology is a course at rock school, the CPCs are on the Dean’s List. Make no mistake though, this isn’t your coked-out stepdad’s metal, CPC Gangbangs are a PUNK band you knobs, with enough shuck-and-stage-dive attitude to outlast any of the piss-poor “talent” that gets ashamedly labeled rock & roll these days.

Mutilation Nation, the band’s debut full length after a slough of singles, lays it on the line. Opener “Jeff Starship” proves this band has the balls to ease into their all-out assault, laying down a comfortable groove that merely suggests the night terrors ahead. Immediately following is “Teenage Crimwave”, asserting that they mean business, going straight to the heart of the rebellion-crazed teenage audience. Never let it be said that these dudes aren’t firmly fixed on the punk rock kill zone.

The band also explores a certain Cronenberg-ian body horror throughout the album, culminating in one of the album’s most blistering tracks, “Mechanical Man”, an apocalyptic horror-fest of mutually-assured destruction. These songs are played with such ferocity as to make the inside of your eyeballs sweat.

One taste of Mutilation Nation is like the sweet tang of blood on your lips. The CPCs play killer, wild-eyed rock & roll, living after midnight and breaking the law. This is a band well on their way to unstoppable, outlining their simple statement-of purpose on “I Want it All,” a merciless attack from a band intent on destroying every weak-willed wanker from here to Japan. “What Love Is” evokes the MC5, while “Suicide Ride” sounds like the Lazy Cowgirls at their peak. This is monstrous, uncompromising hell-raising rock & roll, spitting teeth, menace and bourbon. Woe be to the unbelievers.

1 Comment »

  1. Their early work is earth-shattering.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 22, 2008 @ 1:53 am

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