Gravity Propulsion System

Gravity Propulsion System

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Surprisingly tuneful, even sprightly noise in the finest no wave tradition. Imagine U.S. Maple as a dance band and you might begin to get the idea. -Aiding @ Abetting "I hope Thurston Moore is out somewhere listening, because this group has done him and the rest of his band proud." -punknews.org

Biography

When Public Image Limited turned in their third album, Flowers of Romance, it was considered the least commercial record ever delivered to a record company – at least, within a 'pop' context.  The grounded, good-natured guys in Oklahoma City's Gravity Propulsion System would never make such a lofty comparison with their third album Days Like Razors.  However, it's a handy parallel to keep in mind, as Days Like Razors, much like Flowers, puts exploration, discovery and above all, excitement back on the map of modern post-punk. 

Formed over a decade ago, Gravity Propulsion System has been trampling every listener in earshot like a monstrous, rabid beast – be it onstage during their opening sets for Melt Banana, Lightning Bolt, Archers of Loaf, Chinese Stars, U.S. Maple or the Coachwhips or on their visceral recorded output on St. Louis' Ascetic Records.  GPS seethe, spit, squeal and jam, declaring blitzkrieg with an arsenal of feedback, profoundly enraged vocals and tones inventively distorted into oblivion.  Of course, these are GPS trademarks, but this time around, they go the extra mile to avoid conventional traps while still pummeling us with songs that we can remember.  New drummer Scott Twitchell propels the band into dynamic progressive grooves and pockets not found anywhere on their previous two records - be it with the spine-boiling opener "Bloodworks" or the massive rock anchor of "No West."  Days' other surprises appear in the form of quasi-psychedelic songs like the trombone-tinged "Floater" and "The Travel Agent," the latter featuring a dark, almost-narrated vocal from guitarist Lance Pellegrini, making it the moodiest track on the album (and indeed, perhaps, in their entire catalog) - it's a dramatic centerpiece to the record that compliments the album's overall sequence nicely.  Bryan Baxter's signature scrape-and-slashing bass histrionics are still intact, though somehow harnessed to new strengths and more to-the-point effectiveness, keeping in line with the entire band's new approach. 

By the time the blaze dies down at the end of album-closer "Epic Disasters," you remember - just as Public Image Limited once showed us - that post-punk was meant to be exciting, not pretentious.  They'll be on the road all throughout early 2008.  Go see them so they can remind you what the fuss is all about.

Discography

Infinite Future
Little Mafia 12" One-Sided EP. Release Pending

Days Like Razors
Ascetic Records CD AR020. March, 2008

Get Destroy
Ascetic Records CD AR014. Nov, 2005

Everything's Wrong
Little Mafia LM036" 10" Lathe Cut EP. July, 2004

Poison Rays of Sound
Ascetic Records CD AR010. Aug, 2003

The Long Trip Back to Where You Started...
TDA Sound Corp. TDA002 3" CD EP, 2000

Undecided as of Six Three Ninety Eight
TDA Sound Corp. TDA001 CD EP. 1998

Days Like Razors review from NONzine
I am convinced that Gravity Propulsion System are the soundtrack to the apocalypse. Their new album Days Like Razors is what Mother Earth listens to when she orchestrates monsoons, earthquakes and tornadoes, what God will crank up on his godPod when he brings about the end and, given the technology, it is undoubtedly what the Vikings would have blasted from the stereo system in their boats as they pulled ashore anticipating a massacre. Loud, seemingly spontaneous chaos erupts from their music like sonic lava, melting everything in its path, especially musical conventions. Days Like Razors harbors a dangerous desire to make noise rock smart and eerily sophisticated. If ever a hardcore rock outfit understood the value of angular guitar riffs, ambient background noise and echoic saturation it’s GPS. As I mentioned earlier, there is something very smart and precise in their song structure. It pushes them out of the boundaries of noise core and into something all their own, all the while hanging on tightly to the pugnacious and aggressive rock that tries to define them. Definitely one of those truly unique local acts, GPS somehow finds a way to make hardcore music refreshing. - Graham Lee Brewer (NONzine)

Set List

The set is most of the new album Days Like Razors. The ocassional covers include Oddity by the Clean, I Got a Right by Iggy and The Stooges. Lowlife by PIL. I dont know by Black Flag. The set can range from 20 minutes to 45 minutes sometimes longer.