Here it is at last! The long-rumored, sweat-soaked live album from the night Bill Davis (Dash Rip Rock) and Fred Le Blanc (Cowboy Mouth) dared Jello Biafra to join them during Jazzfest and sing all classic New Orleans soul, rhythm and blues, and (at Jello's request) garage songs! Joining in were piano Wildman Pete "Wet Dawg" Gordon (Mojo Nixon), Pepper Keenan (Down, Corrosion of Conformity) and a wacky horn section from Egg Yolk Jubilee and Morning 40 Federation that even includes a sousaphone!
You want loose? We got loose! You want crazy? That's here, too. Walk on Jindal's Splinters is one of the all-time great "you are there" high-energy live albums-audience participation galore, plenty of trademark Jello banter, and full-on soul / trash / frat / garage gumbo from eleven of New Orleans' finest, just playing their asses off and having a good time doing it.
The album also showcases a whole 'nother side of Jello Biafra: his deep, pre-punk roots known only to a handful of vinyl junkies and anyone lucky enough to catch his DJ gigs. For all those whose interest in Jello goes beyond the punk persona to Jello Biafra, the singer, this is for you. Maximum trash appeal! Southern roadhouse debauchery at its finest! Calls to mind those sing-along, clap-along frat-rock platters from The Premiers to The Kingsman to Geno Washington's Hipsters, Flipsters. series, Swingin' Medallions, or even Slade Alive! You can almost feel the grease and voodoo dripping from the walls!
"If you are wondering how the punk rock icon handles the job of such material, one spin of "Land of 1000 Dances" will shut down your hesitations. The band, featuring members of Dash Rip Rock, Cowboy Mouth, Corrosion of Conformity and the Mojo Nixon Band, are absolutely on fire throughout. This is a genuine love letter to the original raw spirit of rock and roll that informed the language from garage bands through the original punk era, and on to any bands trading in such currency today.
Biafra sounds right at home on the material, no surprise really since he is somewhat of a music historian to begin with. The recording, released on Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label, is presented warts and all; a polished, overly rehearsed affair this is not.
There is no great insight or grand statement at play here. No sweeping gestures of innovation or exploration, but rather a ramshackle evening of unadulterated rock and roll, preserved for all to hear. It's evenings like this one that make the ride we are all on so much better. Crank this sucker up loud and, in the words of Chuck Berry, let it rock!" - Dave Swanson, Diffuser.fm/
"The resulting album...showcases Jello and crew at their rowdiest and most celebratory. As the band blasts through "House of the Rising Sun," Biafra belts out in an Animals-blues hybrid, exhibiting that, while it's rarely mentioned, there is quite a depth of soul to Jello's delivery. As he flexes his famous vibrato, and then drops down to the pit of his stomach, he's feeling these songs more than performing him, in the great carnival style, and the result is something supernal. These takes don't sound like covers, but rather, a summoning of the New Orleans spirit, in all its contradicting joy-and-misery.
But, the most striking part of this whole recording is how much fun everyone seems to be having. Pete Gordon's PCP-addled, banging piano keys zap so fast it sounds like he can't stop banging on the ivories. The brass section wantonly wails away, flying in and out of key -- this music is carried by the energy and enthusiasm, which really, is about as pure as music gets.
Perhaps the most fascinating aspects is a few of the frat-rock covers. The group smashes out a revved up version of "Judy in Disguise," with Jello just dripping the final words, "I guess I'll just tint my glasses..." He introduces it by saying "some people call it the worst song ever." Jello's unclear on where he stands on the subject, but it certainly sounds he's pro. I mean really, doesn't a rocking, weird-ish tune distill what Jello is all about? It's strange to think of Jello as being influenced by AM radio rock -- he's often poster boy for alternative music. But, as is often through Jello covers, he reveals himself more through other people's work than his own (see his Deviants cover). Though, it's fitting that, when these musicians just let it loose, don't worry so much about the posterity of sound recordings, and just live in the moment, we get to see who they truly are.
This record is a blast." -John Gentile, Punknews.org/