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Living For The Lockdown

Ireland Country of Origin: Ireland

Living For The Lockdown
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Buy on: Bandcamp
Type: Single
Release Date: May 1st, 2020
Label: Independent
Genre: Thrash

Review by Felix on February 18, 2021.

'Living for the Lockdown' did not get a place on Sea Savage. Probably that’s why the song is not pelagic enough. Please keep in mind that Gama Bomb take their music very seriously! But not themselves at all and this alone makes them extremely likeable. Living for the Lockdown is a typical Gama Bomber with very lively, fast guitars, whipping drums and entertaining vocals. Philly Byrne delivers every pitch you need with a twinkle in his eye. He embodies both in one: the funny jester and the authentic metalhead. Perfect combination!

While I think about it for a moment, I come to the conclusion that Gama Bomb is the only humorous "fun band" in (thrash) metal. Lines like “Watching the news, how long can it last? My personal hygiene is a thing of the past” are simply cool and “Asleep on the bog, eating in the bedroom. You’ve run out of hash, 15 viewings of Tango And Cash” make me grin as well. Given this situation, music and lyrics go hand in hand. If there was a vaccine against the Covid 19 shit in acoustic form, the sonic scientists of Gama Bomb would have invented it with this.

Alas, this is not the case (so far). That’s why 'Living for the Lockdown' is “only” a great song with some pretty crude tv noise after the whirlwind-like guitar solo. Feel free to check out the official video on YouTube. It’s a very nice visual implementation of the track. So it’s up to you: listen to Gama Bomb or the lockdown of your music taste is unnecessarily prolonged.

Final note: the monster from the 'Bring out the Monster' video returns in the clip for 'Living for the Lockdown'. Hopefully his actor was allowed to take off the costume between the two video shoots. But everything is possible in the gamabombinable galaxy.

Rating: 8.3 out of 10