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By Bazooka Joe
This Greek crew (feat. members of label mates BAZOOKA) screws a nervous fucking wreck of hyper-speed BIG BLACK / RAPEMAN style violent blur right into your eyeballs, like Robocop’s helmet shoved up Clarence Boddicker’s pee hole. You’ll be paranoid, looking out your windows to make sure the world isn’t crumbling around you while the the jackhammer drum machine pounds away at your face and guitars scream and slash through your brain on these 8 twisted tracks. Play loud and try not to scratch yourself too much. This sound hurts bad enough. - Slovenly PR


The Greek are pissed off. Really, really, really pissed off, and this album is proof of it. Gay Anniversary are a Greek noise-rock band specializing in high-speed noise-rock assaults, anchored by pummeling programmed drums. The obvious comparison to make here is BIG BLACK or RAPEMAN, and St. Stephen of Albini’s influence looms large over this 10?. It’s all droning fuzz guitars, boom-chick-boom-chick drums, and jesus fuck – did they actually get a guy to play the Drill on “Cop City?”

The first two tracks are spit, fire, venom, and aggression – I don’t know really how to qualify the first track, “Lazy Boyz,” besides “fast,” “awesome,” and “will crush your stupid fucking face.” Then for track 3, things slow down (relatively), and there’s a cool little guitar solo. The whole affair moves forward with military precision, in lockstep with the drum machine, but then it’s right back to the races. “American Yard” is pretty cool as well, but “Choke This” approaches a new level of fury – hinting at cybergrind like AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, but…ya know…good – I keep Altered States of America around to play for friends as a novelty, like “you think that’s fucked up? well listen to this…”, but Gay Anniversary will easily merit actual plays for actual people who like actual good, extreme music.

By the end of the thing comes, and “Fat Punks” rolls around, I’m more or less tuckered out. It’s a short little thing, but that’s just fine. There’s few things I appreciate more than a band that knows how to leave you wanting more – Gay Anniversary certainly do. They know their trade and perform it well – if I had to fault New In Class for anything, it’d be its lack of diversity. GA have one gear – skullfuck – and they can work it, but I’d also love to see what else their capable of. They’re not reinventing the wheel, but maybe they just beat you over the head with a tire iron instead. - Wax Trash


Is there anything more post-modern than framing something serious as a joke version of something serious? We don’t really know if that makes sense, but we kind of think it doesn’t have to. Either way, Gay Anniversary aren’t going to stop and explain themselves. Holed up in Athens, Greece, making some of the filthiest, smartest shit-punk you’ll hear anywhere, the four-piece do everything very loud, very fast and with no concern for your well-being. New in Class’ furious chords and screams battle for space with drum machines racing through the eight tracks at 200mph. They don’t slow for a second. Brief and relentlessly to-the-point, it’s noise with a cause. It’s so extreme it swallows whatever message might be contained in the lyrics, turning the form itself into the message. Big noise for troubled times. - International Tapes


Warning: this is a high-speed roller coaster of an album that includes sudden screeching guitars, rapid drops in chord changes, dizzyingly incomprehensible howling, slurry acceleration, and turbulence — lots and lots of turbulence. The faint-hearted should turn back. Now.

Hailing from the ancient society that brought us the concept of democracy, Gay Anniversary’s 10” LP New In Class out on Slovenly Records is every synonym for “fierce” you can come up with. I even got out my dictionary to make a little word bank: aggressive, cutthroat, ferocious, intense, piercing, powerful, savage, searing, untamed, vicious.

Opening with “Lazy Boys”, the chaotically warped hubbub will get your nerves frazzled. It is pure pandemonium for your racing heart via indecipherable lyrics spat out like projectile vomit. Slurry, fuzzy, drone-like guitar licks screech while vocal effects hint of a spaceship detonating inside your brain. You will be physically affected. Anxiety, pleasure, fear, adrenaline? You’re gonna feel this track in the pit of your gut like a G-force. “Cop City”, “New In Class”, “American Yard”, “Choke on This”, “Dear Killer”, and “Fat Punks” keep up the established pace of splicing speed, kooky undertones, and sci-fi metal-ish pummeling that is this wild wax ride.

In one sentence: New In Class is unearthly rock ‘n roll doped up on punk rock methamphetamines. Gay Anniversary isn’t your regular, ho-hum dog and pony rock and roll show. Naaay, this is one untamable ride. Cling onto that lap bar till your knuckles turn white and don’t chicken out. No one likes a weenie. - GET BENT


Name: Gay Anniversary

Where they’re from: Athens, Greece

Genre: Noise Punk

Most Like: Deaf Wish, Whatever Brains

Sounds Like: There’s a riot going on in your pants.

Is it too quiet in your life right now? No? It will seem like it was too quiet after you check out New In Class by vicious Athens punks Gay Anniversary. They’re compatriots of Athens psych rockers Acid Baby Jesus, but sound nothing like them. One band is taking you on a bad trip, the other one is plain out for blood.

They’re usually barreling along at ’80s hardcore speed with shout-y vocals reminiscent of that era but their sound is fueled by distortion, noise and a generally bugged-out sensibility that has more in common with garage punk. The album oscillates uncontrollably between very violent garage and really weird hardcore. (Weird hardcore has always been with us, of course, but bands like Gay Anniversary make me think we need to start calling it that more, to coral it, for safety’s sake.) Corrosive materials should be clearly labelled.

You can listen to their whole album on BandCamp but this video might be a better introduction. It shows the quartet in their natural environment, surrounded by youth baying at them like hell hounds:
- MTV Iggy


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_ "New In Class"
LP, Slovenly Recordings, 2012

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Slovenly Recordings celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year with a gaping hole surrounded by 10 black inches of rock hard pigfuck manliness via “New In Class” by GAY ANNIVERSARY! This Greek crew (feat. members of label mates BAZOOKA) screws a nervous fucking wreck of hyper-speed BIG BLACK / RAPEMAN style violent blur right into your eyeballs, like Robocop’s helmet shoved up Clarence Boddicker’s pee hole. You’ll be paranoid, looking out your windows to make sure the world isn’t crumbling around you while the the jackhammer drum machine pounds away at your face and guitars scream and slash through your brain on these 8 twisted tracks. Play loud and try not to scratch yourself too much. This sound hurts bad enough.