Gadget – Gnashing of Teeth

Gnashing of Teeth
1990 Corpqii Productions (CPCS-12)
Youngstown, Ohio, USA

Gadget – All music and vocals
dD7 – Wrote and performed “Don’t Give Up Now,” created some of the samples

Side 1:

  1. Birth 1
  2. Gnashing of Teeth
  3. The Plea
  4. Don’t Give Up Now
  5. The Lord’s Prayer

Side 2

  1. Psalm 97
  2. Redemption Draweth Nigh
  3. Psalm 121
  4. Betrayal
  5. Armor of Light
  6. Birth 2

This demo continues the same noise that Gadget performed on 1987’s Joyful Noise. True to the title, the songs here are a bit more harsh. Sometimes telling where one song stops and another starts can be difficult – you have to listen to subtle repeats of sounds, as sometimes the noises will be sped up or slowed down at the end of songs. There are several songs with scriptures read over the noise, as with the last demo. Gadget was Marc Plainguet, who did almost everything on this tape except for the contributions by dD7 (not sure who that is). Chris Yambar, Deb Ross, and Gary Smith are all credited as helping capture the metal percussion on “Redemption Draweth Nigh” – so maybe dD7 is Deb? There was also a video shoot for that song according to the Gadget Facebook page – but I can’t find it online. This was the last release as Gadget, although Marc has released two songs from an unreleased 1991-ish Gadget project called Cruel & Inhuman Practices on SoundCloud recently.

Gadget – Joyful Noise

Joyful Noise
1987 Corpoii Productions (CPCS-5)
United States?

Gadget – All instruments and noises, vocals, production, and song writing

Side 1:

  1. Armageddon
  2. Psalm 23
  3. Will Anyone Survive?
  4. Transfiguration
  5. Psalm 46

Side 2:

  1. Psalm 102
  2. Knock! Knock!
  3. Train to Heaven
  4. Psalm 24
  5. Joyful Noise

This is a bunch of noise. The genre of “Noise” that is, not the insult “noise.” For those that aren’t familiar, noise is sometimes seen as a sub-genre of industrial music that uses samples, found noise, instruments, percussion, spoken word, shouting, and sometimes general mayhem to make very avant-garde music. Gadget uses a lot of creative percussion (hitting on what sounds like all kinds of objects to get a large range of sounds) along with manipulated sound effects, quirky keyboard usage, sampling, some guitar feedback, loops, and other general “noise.” It is all organized into songs with noticeable rhythm and structure if you listen… but it is different. I enjoy this kind of music – you can listen to it as background music as you work/think to change the usually flow of background music, or listen closely to figure out what sounds Gadget is using. Determining where one song ends and another begins is a bit difficult for some songs, as they appear to fade into each other occasionally. Gadget also likes to read Psalms over the noise as well. For those not in the know, Gadget was Marc Plainguet, who released tons of solo tapes and was also a part of other bands (like Crazed Bunnyz and Nutty Faith) as well. This demo was followed up with Gnashing of Teeth in 1990. There is currently a BandCamp website for Marc that is empty – but I hope it get filled up soon.