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Preview: Jello Biafra at Blank Club

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Jello Biafra

After doing everything from Lard to his Mojo Nixon cowpunk album to hours and hours of spoken word, Jello Biafra’s solo escapades have never sounded as much like the Dead Kennedys as they do now. Apparently spurred by the onset of his 50th birthday, Biafra put together his first real solo band, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, who’ll play the Blank Club Wednesday.

This is Biafra the way we all remember him from the DK days: buzzsaw punk overlaid with dark, almost pychedelic touches. He’s found some good targets for his bitterly funny lyrics—one he’s guaranteed to play in Silicon Valley is “Electronic Plantation,” an anti-tech-giant screed that sounds like an outtake from Frankenchrist. It’s one of the best songs on the band’s debut, the brilliantly titled The Audacity of Hype. For his backing band, Biafra chose guitarists Ralph Spight from Victims Family and Kimo Ball of Freak Accident, bassist Billy Gould (Andrew Weiss of Rollins Band and Ween has filled in sometimes when Gould reports for Faith No More reunion gigs) and drummer Jon Weiss of Sharkbait and Horsey.

Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine play the Blank Club on Wednesday, April 25 at 8pm; $12/$14.

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