Gore Gore Girls
Hometown: Detroit, MI
“Gore Gore Girls mix Stooges spit with Supremes soul like an itching in my heart full of napalm” —Chuck Eddy, Village Voice
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Harnessing sheer rock power for the forces of good, the GORE GORE GIRLS strut their stuff with boldness and attitude, throwing down dirty grooves and instigating scenes of libertine abandon in nightclubs around the world. What sets them apart is their underlying respect for the legends of earlier eras. From BO DIDDLEY to THE RONETTES, THE SONICS to THE SAINTS, the Gores take inspiration from the greats and inject it with hi-octane ferocity, forging a new sound with a modern edge.
Formed in Detroit in 1997, the band has released a string of albums that earned raves from the likes of the Village Voice, toured with The Cramps, and captured the attention of fans like Little Steven Van Zandt, who has given the band plenty of airplay on the syndicated show "Underground Garage" and included them in the line-up of his garage rock festival in New York City, where they joined Iggy and the Stooges, the Pretty Things and the New York Dolls.
The band took their name from the 1972 grindhouse classic The Gore Gore Girls, directed by thrill-king Herschell Gordon Lewis (who also the liner notes to Get The Gore), it was distinguished by its extreme gore and weird humor, as dancers were stalked by a killer. Long known as the ‘Godfather of Gore’ for movies like Blood Feast, 2000 Maniacs and The Wizard of Gore, Lewis incited the band to emerge from Detroit’s urban jungle to fight against the tyranny of bland music with their own brand of nitro-injected rock & roll. Hypnotizing audiences everywhere with a shambolic fusion of girl group, go-go and garage, with the Gore Gore Girls, a new movement is born.
They ask, nay, DEMAND your presence on the dance floor. Don't ignore them.
"Like the fake encore, being told to clap your hands or sing along at a show is at worst an insult and at best a yawn-inducement. These staples of a live act may work to rouse the occasional ticket buyer, but a frequent concertgoer is more likely to think, I'll clap and sing when I want, thanks. Yet when Amy Gore of Detroit's Gore Gore Girls is issuing such requests, you do it -- partly because the band throws down a performance so raw and thrilling it sonically smacks you out of your own peevish head. But mostly, you do it because you're a little scared." —Washington Post
"The Girls have that special magic of Detroit’s best, where they can take the chaos and crumble of the city and transform it into mood capturing sound." —Toledo City Paper
"I don’t know if the Girls want to sex me up or kick my ass, but in the end, who really cares as long as they’re delivering the goods. (ed. They want to kick your ass.)" —Hearya.com