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Deep Throats – Good Bad Pretty

[GFP Premiere]

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by tom johnson

As we mentioned in last week’s track write-up, the story behind Deep Throats’ new album is the kind of narrative that could have eclipsed the music itself – thankfully though the tracks that make up their long-awaited Good Bad Pretty LP more than hold their own within such parameters.

Before reaching said songs, it is worth making a note of this backstory. A leading force in the San Francisco queer-punk scene, Deep Throats made and then subsequently shelved this album in the late 90s, following a series of issues that would also contribute to the band’s demise. Around that same time John Dwyer of Thee Oh See’s witnessed, and fell for, the music that Deep Throats were making. Now label-leader of the brilliant Castle Face Records, it’s Dwyer who is behind this eventual release, cheerleading it from the very front and imparting his own spin on it with a wonderful introduction:

“I was a kid, I took mushrooms to help me ‘ease into things’. It was a perfect SF night. Warm and dimly lit. Shit and piss smelling Clarion Alley. A band took to the eye-level, built-that-afternoon stage. I had peeked up gender-bent punk’s chicken-leather skirt and into eternity. How old were they? Who were they? How were they so fascinating?

They were blowing my young mind. I remember a show where, for some reason I can’t recall, but probably the cops had shut a party down, they got moved to a friends backyard down on 3rd street. They played in front of a halogen work light on cement and somebody threw a bucket of yellow latex paint into the sky. The show was incredible and unstoppable (until the bikers next door called the cops and broke the party up) I’m not sure how I made it home but the next morning I woke up to strangers sleeping on my living room floor and yellow paint footsteps covering my joint. I spent the next day gagging on my hands and knees scrubbing paint off the hardwood floor.”

Such fondness for the time and memories can often impair such visions but there’s no doubting the power that these songs still possess. Twisting, recoiling, spilling out from all corners, these songs still feel blazingly alive. By which I mean they cover all sides of the coin. Fiery, fulfilled, listless, broken, expansive, condensed. It’s all here; borne of a world many of us have no reference to but one, also, that created something, many things, brilliant and beautiful.

Ahead of its full release this Friday, February 26th, we’re very pleased to bring you a full stream of the album below. Alive in all its glory, free of all the shelf’s dust, we highly recommend spending some very valuable time with it.

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