Five years from now, when we take stock of the current roots-rock/garage explosion, inevitably people will credit The White Stripes and Jon Spencer as the eminent pioneers, when actually it's bands like Gossip who have driven the genre. Already five-year veterans of the indie-rock circuit and only in their early 20s, Olympia-via-Arkansas upstarts Gossip fuse Germs-era punk precariousness with fractured Mississippi blues riffs to create a sound that's unpredictable yet gut-level accessible on "Movement." And while elements of the group's revved-up "Arkansas Heat" aesthetic still remains, there is a subtle evolution from their previous albums. Vocalist Beth Ditto's bombastic bar-room gospel croon seems more matured and focused this time around, recalling Etta James and Belinda Carlisle equally, while guitarist Nathan Howdeshell and drummer Kathy Mendonca's raucous swagger continue to boil down the Delta blues to its bare-boned basics. Ultimately, everything on "Movement" -- from the slow-burning opener ("Nite") to the Delta-dirge closer ("Light Light Sleep") -- proves how white-bread and goofy the Blues Explosion really is.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.