Comprising 10 songs about life, death, addiction, suicide, betrayal, American nationalism (and one really sassy T-shirt), Drunk Sluts Forever is Liam Gowing’s debut album–a record heralded by KCSN Program Director and former 91X DJ Marc “Mookie” Kaczor as “an instant indie rock classic.”
A DIY project recorded completely within the confines of Gowing’s “Purdizzy” home studio, it features just Gowing on meticulously layered vocals and an extensive array of instruments—guitar, bass, piano, drums, harmonica, recorder, tambourine, castanets and shakers as well as (through the magic of a MIDI keyboard) organ, synth, electric piano, vibraphone, steelpan, strings, horns and woodwinds—along with a smattering of public domain sound effects and percussion loops.
The result is an eclectic assemblage of maximalist power pop encrusted with chunks of stoner rock, psychedelic funk, surrealist disco and electronica plus a Gothic-cum-sci-fi Western instrumental, two or three classical interludes, a hip-hop influenced funeral march and even a quasi-country tune complete with a Bluegrass guitar solo.
Instigated by 1000 Clowns alum Jerry “Mr” Pao, who volunteered to serve as recording engineer in exchange for a place to crash, the resulting sessions were mixed by guitarist and erstwhile DJ Bill O’Neil. Turned over to Jon Griffin at LunaZen Studios for a penultimate polish, the final results were mastered by Mark Chalecki at Little Red Book Mastering.
-All songs, instruments and vocals by Liam Gowing © 2013