JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, the new band led by former DEAD KENNEDYS frontman Jello Biafra, will release its debut album, "The Audacity of Hype", on October 20 via Alternative Tentacles Records. The CD was produced by Biafra and engineered by hip hop producer and longtime Jello co-conspirator Matt Kelley (HIEROGLYPHICS, THE COUP, DIGITAL UNDERGROUND, VICTIMS FAMILY, TUMOR CIRCUS) at Prairie Sun Recording in Cotati, California and San Francisco's Hyde Street Studios.
Topically, the album explores how our forced Iraqnophobia and Homeland Insecurity continues to feed lawlessness at the top ("The Terror Of Tiny Town") vs. a runaway police state and class war towards the bottom ("Three Strikes", "Electronic Plantation"; originally done by the NO WTO COMBO, Jello's one-off collaboration with Krist Novelselic [NIRVANA] and Kim Thayil [SOUNDGARDEN]). "Clean As A Thistle" becomes more timely every day as "Family Values" blowhards from Sanford to Berlusconi get caught in sinful trysts, while album closer "I Won't Give Up" offers an age of Obama anthem on how change comes from agitation from below, not from glamour and sound bites from the top.
Though many of Jello Biafra's "collaborations" (LARD, NO WTO COMBO, TUMOR CIRCUS and records with MELVINS, DOA, NOMEANSNO and MOJO NIXON) would have been called solo albums by other artists, this is his first full-time working band since DEAD KENNEDYS, and it shows. Also on board are Ralph Spight (VICTIMS FAMILY, FREAK ACCIDENT, HELLWORMS), Jon Weiss (SHARKBAIT, HORSEY), Billy Gould (FAITH NO MORE), and Kimo Ball (FREAK ACCIDENT, CARNEYBALL JOHNSON, MOL TRIFFID, GRIDDLE).