Guttermouth - "Covered With Ants"

You have to be courageous and brave men to call your band Guttermouth and have song titles like "Can I Borrow Some Ambition?" and "Chug-A-Lug Night". Guttermouth would  no doubt share their influences with Wheatus and very early Beastie Boys. After having listened to "Covered With Ants" it's obvious that a musical journey though sophistication and culture is not on Guttermouths agenda.

The singer is called singer. The Captain plays bass. Derek and Mr Scott Sheldon both play guitar and Tyrone "It Happened To You" Smith is their drummer. Clocking in at only 30 minutes it suits the fast and furious Guttermouth style. Taking in influences from Green Day / The Offspring / Weezer ("Secure Horizons"), country music ("I'm Destroying The World") and Blink 182 ("I Won't See You In The Pit").

The charmingly titled "Cram It Up Your Ass" closes the album and despite the quiet beginning does not mean that Guttermouth are sensitive and tortured artists. It all ends bizarrely with an almost classical piano piece which goes on for an age. A subtle and unexpected way to finish the album from a band who up until that point have been outrageously raucous.

Nicholas Paul Godkin