Post-punk never had it so good as it does in the hands of Chicago band Ganser. Filled with a desire to extract meaning from messes and to communicate without common languages, the band rips through their songs with a fervor unmatched since the prime days of punk and the early work of bands like Wire, X and Gang of Four. The electric guitar feels serrated while the vocals evince a moody tendency toward a melodic impressionism. The bass ripples and seems like you could mold it in your hands. But the band takes all these post-punk touchstones and raggedly adapts them to their own needs. There is reverence in their sound but also a striving to reconnect with the history of these influences, a want to find that fire and vitriol that once fueled the genre.
The band will release their debut record, "Odd Talk," on April 20 via No Trend Records. Produced by Donnie Moore and the band, the album was recorded in the summer of 2017 by Brian Fox at Altered States Recording in Chicago.
On recent single, "Avoidance," the band channels the grit and guitar lightning that drove the post-punk scene in the late '70s and early '80s, but they aren't simply treading water -- this song is a purified version of their influences, an elastic mass of sounds and textures that recall the spark of those earlier years while simultaneously creating a modern punk echo. The accompanying video pairs the band's roving catharsis with images of drag racing through the desert toward some unknown destination. Barreling through this acerbic musical landscape, they provide substantial proof of the genre's viability and the emotional devastation that can come from its depths.