Danny Kroha details the Detroit outfit’s speedy years churning out primal, garage rock on a DIY budget and a take-no-prisoners approach.
The Gories were a catalyst for a new golden age of garage rock in the Motor City, one that still pulses today. Formed on a whim in 1986 by three friends — Mick Collins, Peg O’Neill and Danny Kroha — two of the members had never played an instrument. Making do with what they had, the Gories crafted a brand of stripped-down, bass-less punk with a nod to local, rustbelt soul and the gravel-voiced blues of Bo Diddley and Howlin’ Wolf. The result was a primal blend of searing, no-frills DIY garage rock, underlined by the urgency of Collins’ wailing vocals. After a handful of singles, three full-lengths (one recorded by Big Star’s Alex Chilton) the band abruptly broke up in 1992, having found little success. The band’s recordings became a treasure chest of inspiration for countless bands, sparking an entirely new generation of garage rock outfits. In this Fireside Chat, guitarist Danny Kroha details how the Gories went from down-and-out nobodies to Detroit rock canon.