“…Dreaming of a pint On the other side…”
You might be dying of boredom in isolation, but Dublin’s own Gama Bomb is “Living for the Lockdown” on their new release for charity. The philanthropic thrash metallers are thriving, having recorded the tune in quarantine and announced their worldwide signing to L.A.’s Prosthetic Records. All proceeds from the track are being donated to Dublin Simon Community, providing vital services to families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The two-and-a-half-minute single is a shredder, as you’d expect from these New Wave of Irish Ripping Metal stalwarts. The effort is elevated by the freewheeling falsetto of the band’s own “low budget Rob Halford,” Philly ‘the after byrner’ Byrne. They also receive bonus points for the continuing Kurt Russell references and teaching me a new word for shitter (bog).
The fellas flex their razor wit in the accompanying split-screen music video, and luckily it’s way more entertaining than your latest zany zoom meeting. Stand-out moments include behind-the-back shredding from the furry of your fever-dreams and a quick cameo from “butthead ottur.”
The creeps over at Evil Eye Prints were kind enough to produce the sick[ly] cover for the cause. If you’re feeling extra frisky, you can text DUBSIMON to 50300 to donate €4 to Dublin Simon Community.
Times are tough all around, so if you can’t afford the 3 Euro donation for this speedy single, Prosthetic is offering up their 56-track “Self Isolation Sounds” Spring Sampler up for free to hold you over until they drop that new Gama Bomb LP this Fall. “Brace for impact, maniacs!”