The Gunga Dins – Everytime You Think of Me, I Think About You Twice

The Gunga Dins
Everytime You Think of Me, I Think About You Twice

The Gunga Dins describe themselves as “hyper energetic pop-influenced melodic hardcore with grind and emo tendencies.” Here is an easier description: “noise.”
This is a four-piece from central Illinois that mixes and matches elements of punk, hardcore, metal, and emo into one big steaming pile. Everytime You Think of Me, I Think About You Twice is the band’s debut full-length, following in the footsteps of a debut seven-inch. What? You say you haven’t heard either one? Don’t worry, you’re not missing much.
The worst part of the whole thing is that The Gunga Dins can’t seem to make up their minds in regards to what sort of band they want to be. They blaze away with speed metal one minute, and switch gears to goofy pop-punk the next (see “Ducks”), sounding more like a compilation of equally terrible bands than a coherent full-length. “Cursed” and “Rain Part Two” even make attempts at emo ballads and fall directly on their ugly, beaten faces. With the exception of those two tracks, you have to give the guys credit for playing their guts out, thrashing away loud, fast, and hard, with every ounce of energy they have. If nothing else, it all makes you wonder how insane their live show must be. The emotions appear to be high, but you can never really be sure, as the vocals are so incomprehensible that singer and guitarist Chris could be yelling about puppy dogs and ice cream for all you know. And the production quality, which I suppose you shouldn’t expect great things from with a self-released album, causes everything to suffer, sounding as if the entire mess was recorded in a closet.
If highlights must be chosen, “Lessons Never Learned” would be one, a vaguely solid punk rock song. “Blessed” is somewhat similar, sounding a touch like old-school Blink 182 with a testosterone boost. But any high points are demolished in the end with a string of closing cover songs that you won’t believe. First comes Metallica’s “Damage, Inc.” followed by Rainer Maria’s (that’s right, Rainer Maria) “Soul Singer,” and finally The Misfits’ “Night of the Living Dead.” It’s too bad they all sound like lackluster Metallica covers.
So, if you’re into albums that have no real sense of direction and plenty of noise for which there are no polite words, The Gunga Dins may be right up your alley. As for me, I am going to clean the blood out of my ears and bury this where I will never have to suffer through it again.