Wildebeests- Gnus Of The Gnavarone LP. The Wildebeests are something of a garage-rock supergroup, seeing as the group consists of John Gibbs (The Kaisers, Holly Golightly Band, The Masonics), Lenny Helsing (Thanes, Green Telescope) and, last but not least, Russ Wilkins (Pop Rivets, Milkshakes and Delmonas). These three old cats all cut their teeth playing raw beat music and generally causing a rumpus aurally and have been doing so since the likes of most of their fans were born. While searching for an appropriate term to describe this latest platter I’m struck by how playful, honest and elegantly hooliganistic their particular brand of rhythm’n’blues-based beat punk noise is. Well what should I have expected from a tri-sonic garage rock trio that names among it’s primary inspirations Bo, Chuck, Link, Kink, Hoople and the Damned-Clash! That they can kick into your brain matter within seconds of hearing their clattering, subnormal activity is a rare thing in today’s rock ‘n roll scene and the Wildebeests definitely do that here. A crafty barrage of E and G’s, snare crack and cymbal smash strategically placed alongside insidiously-designed, well-chosen words are their arsenal of delight and it works very well on this LP. Recommended. Import from the UK.