Gang Wizard: In Perpetuity

Gang Wizard is one of those bands that have quietly (okay, loudly… but sneakily) weaseled their way into my heart over the years. I first became aware of their doings via a 2003 tour CDR I got from Pat Yankee at SNSE, which honestly didn’t really click with me at first. After seeing them completely destroy a noise fest in Portland a couple years later (with a lineup featuring dudes from Foot Village and Container), though, nearly everything they touched clicked with me. Their dedication to gunky free-rock spew has lasted for almost two decades, and now that founding member Mike Landucci has invited his teenage offspring into the mix, who knows how much longer it might continue? Will Gang Wizard be handed down through generations of Landuccis in perpetuity, until we finally stare the (obviously impending) apocalypse in the face?

You can only live in the now. However, now wouldn’t be a bad time to peer into evidence of the recent past, specifically to this gig the Wizzes  played here in PDX on June 5th, 2014. I was thinking about trying to interview the band for this very website at this gig, but was so into their streak of ooze that I couldn’t even talk to them afterwards. These two videos of that same gig obviously can’t do justice, but they’re a nice taste. I didn’t take either.

Gang Wizard have a new LP, Important Picnic, on MIE, and it’s also pretty great. You can listen to it here.

Dustin Krcatovich is a cartoonist, writer, designer, founder of FM DUST, and a collector of certain curios and ephemera (with a focus on 20th century "junk culture"). His writing and illustration work appears frequently in The Quietus, Tiny Mix Tapes, and Esquire's Culture Blog. He is also a former editor and contributor to Secret Zen Garden,Saagara's illustrated mindfulness/wellness blog for young people. He currently resides in Portland, OR.

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