Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine – White People and the Damage Done (2013)
Jello Biafra is well-known as the vitriolic singer of the Dead Kennedys, as well as numerous other projects, including working with Nomeansno, the Melvins, DOA, Steel Pole Bathtub, Lard and 1000 Homo DJs (the latter two with Al Jourgensen of Ministry). This is the second album by his latest band, the Guantanamo School Of Medicine. Drummer Paul Della Pelle (Helios Creed, Creed-era Chrome) comes in to replace Jon Weiss, and Weiss’s brother Andrew (who has worked with Ween, Butthole Surfers, Pigface and Moistboyz, among others) has come in to replace Billy Gould, in light of the Faith No More reunion.
If you had ever listened to Biafra’s previous work, you have a fairly good understanding of what to expect from the Guantanamo School Of Medicine. The music is actually surprisingly like Dead Kennedys, not just your standard three-chord aggression-fest, but instead more bouncy surf-influenced punk, with Biafra’s sardonic wit dripping off every single syllable as he takes on the bankers (Werewolves Of Wall Street), religion (Crapture), and just about everything in the mundanity of modern life (Road Rage).
Yeah, that’s not much new but Jello is still angry, still mocking and still a lot of fun to listen to.
Favourite tracks: Mid-East Peace Process, Shock-U-Py!, Werewolves Of Wall Street
Spotify link: Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine – White People and the Damage Done