G-11 - "Nationalism"
By Dan Century
Somebody woke up on the wrong side of the
drum machine today and that somebody is (a blast of trumpets) Pete Maenner, the
sole band member of the electro-industrial terror known as G-11. Pete is
extremely angry - angry about racists, politicians, pollution, police, white
male Christians, flag waving patriots - you name it, Pete probably has a beef
with it. Pete, thankfully, expresses his anger through his music rather than
lobbing grenades into the plush velveteen laps of mall Santas or crashing a
piper-cub, chock-full-o' plastic explosives, into the Empire State Building.
I'm glad that Pete is angry and I'm glad he is able to focus his anger in a
positive way, because the day is going to come when he goes crackers and walks
to Wal-Mart with a Mac-10 - or becomes a jaded old corporate robot like the
soulless bastard writing this review.
After a few listens to Nationalism it's obvious Pete wears
his influences on his sleeve. G-11 borrows a lot from Skinny Puppy - the
distorted vocals, creepy synths, pounding drum machines, blast of white noise
and the poetic, broken prose vocal style of Nivek Ogre. Fortunately, for all of
us, Pete takes the Puppy formula a step further and makes it his own. G-11 is
crude, harsh, raw and guttural. G-11 is hate set to a beat! At times Pete
sounds more like scum-bag punk rocker GG Allin than Ogre or anyone else!
The percussion on this demo is exceptional - very minimalist
and dirty - like a mix of a 909, and pile-driver and a cracked manifold on a
74' Coupe De Ville. The synths are nothing special, but Pete's programming is
flawless and they provide adequate support for the rhythm and vocals. Perhaps
the most remarkable quality of this recording is that it sounds like it was
recorded live (there's no crowd noise, so my guess is it wasn't) - like you
brought a Walkman into a G-11 show and taped it yourself. Very unusual.
Pete is awful angry, but, fortunately for us he has an awful
lot of talent too. My advice to Pete is focus on production - lose the recorded
in a basement sound, some of the Puppy influence and he'll be in good shape. I
would definitely recommend seeing G-11 live, and (here's the best part of all)
you can call him any time (609-584-7302) and book a gig. To quote the liner
notes: "I will play anytime, anywhere. Just give me a ring, or drop me a
Maenner, 13 Charles Way, Trenton, NJ, 08609
Phone: (609) 584-7302
Alternate Post: 1875 Chris Ct., Vineland, NJ, 08360