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Album Review

There's a lot of continuity between the third Gone album and the first two — which might seem surprising because there was an eight-year hiatus and a change in two of the three players. The remaining member was Greg Ginn, and that's what made the difference. Ginn is the driving force behind Gone, and he knows what he likes — which in this case is hammering drums, a funky bassline, and squalling, bent guitar melodies. The repetitious rhythm tracks make the bass and guitar mayhem seem wilder and more dangerous than they would be otherwise. Bassist Steve Sharp has a precise, intricate style that is a perfect foil for Ginn's sloppy but brilliant playing. Listen to tracks like "Freeny" or "P.S. Was Wrong," which make lightning transitions between swinging metal and wild funk breaks — neither sounds like anything that anybody else has ever cut. At its best, this is intelligent headbanging music that can turn a late night dancefloor into a writhing frenzy, but that also rewards repeated listens with the headphones on and the volume turned way up.


Formed: 1986 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Formed near the end of his tenure as the leader of Los Angeles hardcore legends Black Flag, Greg Ginn's instrumental group Gone walked the strange fine line between atonal jazz, riff-heavy rock, and brief forays into funk stylings sporadically from 1986 onward. The first Gone release, Let's Get Real, Real Gone for a Change, and its follow up, Gone II: But Never Too Gone, featured eventual Rollins Band members Sim Cain (drums) and Andrew Weiss (bass). Gone went quiet after their first two releases,...
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