Holding back no punches against the status quo (as usual), Jello Biafra is back with the second release from Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School Of Medicine. This five-song EP comes only a few years after the release of their first full-length release, The Audacity Of Hype.
Taking aim at issues including religion (“Invasion of the Mind Snatchers”), bio weapons (“The Cells That Will Not Die”), and the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on war veterans (“Victory Stinks”), the formula of Biafra’s iconic and infamous vocals along with the relentless punk rock onslaught of sound projected by the band provides for an rousing listen. The bass work of former Faith No More member Billy Gould drives a majority of the songs, along with the scathing lyrical content. Biafra really shines in the opening track “Dot Com Monte Carlo,” where he airs out his disgust with his adopted hometown of San Francisco, California: “Where’s the gangs in the mission when you need em?/How ’bout some yuppie drive-bys for a change?” quips Biafra. As usual, the release comes with a Biafra-created poster-sized liner notes collage that one could look over for hours in amusement.
(Alternative Tentacles Records, PO Box 419092, San Francisco, CA 94141)