Amy Surdu and the other members of the Gore Gore Girls don’t mind being told they belong in the garage.
The Detroit quartet, with its stripped-down, guitar-heavy sound and go-go-girl image, has been a darling of the local garage rock community since forming in 1996. They’ve also been warmly embraced by Little Steven Van Zandt, who’s given the group plenty of airplay on his syndicated “Underground Garage” radio show and his Sirius satellite radio channel and also included them in the lineup of his garage rock festival two years ago in New York.
“I don’t really mind being called anything as long as I’m being called,” says singer-guitarist Surdu, who’s been the lone mainstay in the Gore
Gore Girls’ lineup. “Really, you can only care about what they call you to a certain level. As long as they’re paying attention to you, who cares what they’re saying.”
The Little Steven hook-up, which also includes fi ve dates on the Rolling Rock and Roll Show tour, has certainly made a lot more people pay attention to the Gores on an international level. “It’s defi - nitely more exposure on a bigger level,” Surdu says. “A lot more people have heard the band name. “Steven’s about giving everyone an equal, fair
chance. He not only plays the music but he talks about the band, the people who have recorded what he’s playing. It’s really cool.”
Thanks to the Underground Garage notoriety, the band has accumulated its own list of cool encounters. The Gores had partied with sportscaster Greg Gumbel in Florida, and Surdu had dinner with original Rolling Stones manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham. And the group met Van Zandt’s sometimes employer, Bruce Springsteen, at the Underground Garage festival.
“He’s really good-looking in person — seriously,” Surdu notes with a laugh.
She and her bandmates are gearing up for a busy 2007, which Surdu says will feature two new releases — the Gores’ fi rst since the 2004 EP “7x4 Gore.” One album will feature original material, while the other will comprise re-recordings of songs from the ’90s that have gone out of print over the years.
“They’re virtually unavailable now, so we wanted to have modern versions of them that are more accessible,” Surdu explains. “It’ll be exciting to put both (albums) out; a lot more people know who we are now, so this’ll be a chance to show them where we came from and what we sound like now.”
The Gore Gore Girls appear with the Zombies, the Mooney Suzuki, the Woggles and the Sights at the Rolling Rock and Roll's stop Thursday (September 14th) at St. Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit
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