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Gangbox “Just the tip”
By RJ

Ronnie Vaughn (Vaughn & Co.) and Jason Ritchie (Sidewinder/Trashtown Saints) are both used to the front man lime light from their other bands. A while back, the two hooked up for a duo gig and formed Gangbox. They are making fans and making music. Original music too.
Gangbox’s shiny & new six song debut CD was released on the 12th at Cheeseburger In Paradise. The guys put on a great show good enough to video (there isn’t one but if there would have been, it would be a cool vid).
All eyes and ears were glued to the stage as Jason & Ronnie peeled off one cool tune after another.
Gangbox’s vibe creates a laid back late night scene. Almost in the Bob Cushing style of pub folk rock but with a smooth feeling. A mix of funny & fun lighthearted jams and diddy’s makes up the set list. Cool covers are tweaked and twisted inside out, audience sing alongs kick in unexpectedly and every single original they played off the CD had uber-applause.
Originals like “Clermont County” “That’s where I got my dui-y... making my way to Section-8... all of my friends have yellow plates...” A lively take off on the Weezer “Beverly Hills” tune. If you live here (or have) you’ll love it.
Anther hilarious original is “I Wanna Rich Young Dumb Nymphomaniac”... “to drive me around in a Cadillac... she’ll be down on her knees or get flat on her back... a body like no one’s ever seen before... and she recently inherited a liquor store... we’ll make her three feet tall and stand down here... a flat spot on her head so I can rest my beer...” Again, hilarious and a perfect rowdy pub sing along song.
There is more to the originals than the two joke songs on the new release.
“99” spins a tale of the ups & downs of being single again (and lovin’ it). At least I think that’s what it’s about. I could be mistaken. Jason Ritchie sings about having nothing going on, except a good southern rock tune, dreaming of big stages and Cadillac cruising along Hank’s Lost Highway on “Southland”.
Ronnie Vaughn sings easily on “The Bottle”. A tune about considering, then re-considering, then considering again and then deciding to get another drink. “40 Dogs” is a fast paced nearly rappin’ ballad. The lone love song. It’s quick and, well, cute (I can’t believe I wrote that).
The six song Gangbox compilation was recorded straight through in a half hour in a local basement studio. That part I really dig. It plays like a pro on my mac’s 5.1 speakers/sub yet it still sounds raw, just the way it should be.
How many fans covet their mass produced edited dolby digital Grateful Dead Cd’s? No, it’s the live shows that have the real feel. Same here. Listening to Gangbox’s release is like seeing them (without the bar prices and a possible dui-y). You could throw it in and throw a few back with friends and everyone will dig it. Think, perfect backyard fire pit music. I listen to locals 75% of the time. I’ll listen to this a lot this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

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