Call and Response CDEP - Kill Rock Stars
Whatever happened to my punk rock music? Not this quasi-punk
that is on the radio now, the kind with sugary, Seventeen Magazine
cute band alert appeal. And no, not the Oi! shaved head, kick
you in the face with a huge black boot hardcore. Where is the
intelligent punk that still charges the adrenaline and the brain?
Olympia’s Bangs are striving to put some brainwaves in
your shake. ¶ While the Bangs aren’t a punk rock
epiphany, they are an old-fashioned skrappy rock band. Rough
enough to have garage roots but still too Northwest punk to
fit into the buzz in G word. Thank God. In the Bangs you have
a rockin’ band that gives the impression that they don’t
give a shit what the rest of the world thinks is hip and cool.
They wanna rock, and do it better than most. ¶ With female
vocals and over-driven guitars, the band fits in well with other
Olympia punks in the past decade. The track “New Scars”
is the highlight of the record. Fleshy guitar leads the way
to catchy, sassy vocals belting out smart lyrics. The track
“I Want More” is a call to arms to those lobotomized
by the media. Thick slabs of punk guitar and fervor create an
aura of intellectual angst, with the simple message of “Think
for Yourself.” ¶ The record’s tight production
and bright guitars come courtesy of Unwound’s Justin Trosper.
The Bangs pull together a solid punk rock record with Call and
Response, carrying the torch of hard, smart Northwest punk.
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