The Gospel According to Distortion


video of Gospel Gossip courtesy of YouTube

Gospel Gossip (MN) will be making yet another appearance in Milwaukee (last winter, they played a roiling set at the Cactus Club and blew the roof off the Borg Ward last summer). The word about this trio has caught on for fans of minimalist set-ups and big sounds. Guitarist/vocalist Sarah Nienaber manages to retain the proper levels of fuzz and feedback and sweetly shrieked vocals, often while rolling about on stage, getting up only to shove the face of her guitar into an amp to get a desired level of distortion.

Bitch Magazine, upon reviewing the band’s first release Sing Into My Mouth, remarked that “It’s fuzzy, pretty, and uber-rhythmic — that mid-tempo, incredibly danceable pop that Fugazi and Nation of Ulysses popularized in Washington D.C. in the early 90s.” The band’s just-released album Dreamland is an even more impressively recorded rendition of the band’s live performance, their single “Nashville” sweeping listeners into an audio land that Echo and the Bunnymen created long ago, with soaring yet stoic bass lines and spaciously ringing guitars. Catch Gospel Gossip tonight at Club Garibaldi as they pair up once again with their Milwaukee shoegazer-y counterparts, Brief Candles. Club Garibaldi is located at 2501 S. Superior in Bay View. 8 p.m. 21+

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