Gibbons and the Sluts
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Gibbons and the Sluts


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"The DIY Style Of Gibbons: Try A New Sound"

Breanna Fields, Reporter
April 18, 2012

If you have never heard the melodic sound of a musical saw, you wouldn’t be the first.
The DIY styling of indie-folk strummers Gibbons and the Sluts have managed to combine the ethereal sound of this instrument along with nonsensical lyricism on their debut album, “Mama’s Milk.”
On its surface, the album has taken a bold step by offering audiences puzzling tales of sailing ships and creatures from other planets that may prompt the question of whether or not there is rational thought behind these lyrics.
Pinning down the intent of each song would be hazardous to the listening experience as it is meant to conjure different ideas from each listener. “Mama’s Milk” draws inspiration from underground indie groups like Neutral Milk Hotel, The Dead Milkmen and similar bands from the Elephant 6 Recording Company.
Currently based in Los Angeles, Gibbons and The Sluts are fronted by Cody McCune (known by band mates and fans as Money Gibbons), who got his start playing music in Bakersfield and previously played guitar for local indie rockers Russians with Rayguns.
His band mates Vita Khachaturyan on trumpet and accordion, Julie Orlick on clarinet and trumpet, Mateo Katez on drums and bassist Stanislaus Dyro are primarily from the L.A. area.
The album opens with “Sailing Towards a Perfect Sun,” a mellow tune spanning just over a minute in length with McCune on vocals accompanied by his banjo and the accordion. The track, “Sailing Towards a Perfect Home” may be similar in name, but different in style with hints of what most would consider traditional Greek music.
The musical saw makes its debut on the tune, “Veggie Encounter with Water Dripping from Faucet,” one of the many titles off of the album seemingly presented as a joke (that we just may never understand).
It should not distract from the song comprised of the saw instrument played with a violin bow that emits a sound much like an opera singer during a particularly emotional performance.
The album was recorded at a home studio, which is typically expected from underground groups of this genre. The amateur record production gave it a raw edge that would have not otherwise been present had it been slickly produced and mixed in a studio setting.
If the thought process of the album could be explained, it may sound something like the lyrics, “I have a spiraling mind/It makes sense I could see once/But now I’ve turned blind,” from the particularly upbeat and blissful song, “Mutiny Against King Jupiter.” It holds its own as one of the better tracks off of the album along with “The Misleading Wind Mislead,” a trumpet driven song only 30 seconds in length but nonetheless an interesting piece of work.
While there may not be a consistent theme overall, the reoccurring ideas of the planet Jupiter and sailing make this a fun record.
Plans to release hard copies of this album are in the works, but in its current form fans of the underground indie scene can find their work available for download online. - The Renegade Rip


Mama's Milk (2012)



In early 2011, Money Jeremiah Gibbons was in charge of methamphetamine distribution in Bakersfield, Ca. One brisk January morning his business partner and childhood friend, "Bones", was killed in a lab explosion. Gibbons was the first to arrive at the scene, and, upon discovering his fallen comrade he immediately renounced his life of crime. After burying the body, Gibbons headed south with his banjo and his singing-saw, Chester. On his way out of town he stopped to collect a debt at the Crystal Palace, (a brothel owned and operated by his employer, Mr. Higgins). Waiting over a Mexican Coke, M.J. Gibbons was quickly joined by four of the Palace's finest sluts. He tried to act natural. Overwhelmed with grief for his lost friend, however, he broke into solemn tears and confessed that he was leaving town for good. Upon hearing the confession of such a powerful man, Gibbons' hired flesh – Vita, Julie, Mateo, and Stanislaus – revealed that they too wished to be free from the clutches of Mr. Higgins and their lives at the Crystal Palace. Gibbons decided that together they would form a band. That way they could stay on the move, watch each other's backs, and make an honest living all the same. After a wildly successful premier in Slab City, California, Gibbons and the Sluts have continued to sell neither drugs nor their bodies, and have gained devoted fans wherever their music has been heard.