The fourth 'proper' J Church album. When it came out there
was some criticism for it being on a 'big corporate label', but
then, that was the time of the fallout from the Green Day / Offspring
explosion. The fact that the lyric sheet included a 'suggested reading
list' incorporating various anarchist and situationist tracts should
have made the band's intentions fairly clear.
A Simple Gesture was released on J Church's other
1996 album, a compilation called Whorehouse:
Songs And Stories, without the 'A' in the title.
The tracks sound identical but if so it's a puzzle why they ended
up on different full-length records. On a similar note, when Dramatic
History... was released as a single,
it gained an initial 'The'.
Backing vocals are credited to the Propaghandi Ouija Board Choir.
Members of Propaghandi also played in the band during a 1995 tour
of Japan when only Lance made it through immigration - a story later
recounted in J Church Sucks.