Gangland Buries Its Own

Gangland Buries Its Own

 Arlington, Virginia, USA

Moody and powerful, these DC-based indie rockers mix the Marshall guitar-rich spirits of Jehu and Jawbox with the artistic sensibilities of Sonic Youth and Unwound while maintaining the raw hard edge of bands like Hoover and early June of 44.


DC inde-rockers Gangland Buries Its Own rekindles the better parts of the early 90's scene, with Marshall-rich layering, ambitious vocals and full-throttle drums. Equal parts Jehu, Jawbox and Sonic Youth, the songs are moody and powerful, melodic and abrasive. This four piece is a mash up of previous bands Schervo and Clarks' Ditch / Fieldmachine, with husband and wife team Ben Reese and Zoey Rawlins on guitars pairing up with rhythm section Matt Haden and Chris Verdak.

Their debut album, The City Loves You to Death, recorded with 90's legend J. Robbins, reveals a statement under all those guitars, as well a penchant for long names. “I want our songs to rock, sure, but unless you're Weezer you can't exist on empty calories. There needs to be some substance,” comments Rawlins. “I like songs that have depth and reveal themselves over time. We throw a lot of spaghetti on the wall to see what sticks then re-write and iterate all the way to the day of recording. It's not uncommon for me to rewrite lyrics in the studio.” Perfection never achieved, but they get as close as they can.

Members of GBIO have toured the East Coast as well as been a DC staple playing with local scenesters Burning Airlines, Q & Not U, Dismemberment Plan, Faraquet, The Oxxes and The Points among others.


The City Loves You to Death (2010)
Recorded with J. Robbins at Magpie Cage, Baltimore, MD