Recorded in an abandoned hotel and featuring a drum kit culled from junkyard roamings "I'd much rather put it together myself than have some fancy kit," Westbrook says the album wobbles with rickety charms while exuding the moxie of a midnight bender in the making. From the clattering pot-and-pan rhythms of "The Westbrook Two-Step," inspired by the train tracks outside the drummer's workplace, to the humidity dripping from each frantic note of the klezmer-Dixieland fusion workout "Klanzmeirtong" to the boozy testimonial "Whiskey Paycheck," the Gomorrans celebrate wild abandon with, well, wild abandon. They might be playing ragtime, but they're by no means a ragtime band: "We're definitely rock 'n' rollers playing jazz, not the other way round," Lehnartz explains.
And with this comes the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, I assume? Beebe gives some illuminating confirmation when I ask what inspires their songwriting: "Sleep deprivation, definitely."
Hmm, all that sin disbursing will do that, won't it? *
"MISHAP SCIENCE FAIR"
With the Gomorran Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Top Ramen, James Call and the Missing Teens, and Brian Kenny Fresno
Fri/8, 8 p.m., $8 or free with erupting papier-mâché volcano, robot, or perpetual motion machine
2565 Mission, SF