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Album Review

A female-led indie-punk trio from Olympia — who perhaps not coincidentally have the exact same name a certain Los Angeles girl group from the early '80s used until they decided to lengthen it to the Bangles — the Bangs are less noisy than Bratmobile and more rocking than Beat Happening, to compare them to their scene compadres (or less sweet than Cub and less subversively poppy than the Muffs, to expand the comparisons). The closest comparison is probably Sleater-Kinney, but the Bangs have a more visceral, aggressive sound that at times — especially on the twin anthems "Burnout," and "Death by Guitar" — recalls the metal-tinged punky pop of late-'80s Redd Kross and Pandoras records. The album's main flaw is Scott Swayze's ultra-muddy production, which, on songs like the bizarrely-titled "Lend Me Crumpets" moves well beyond lo-fi D.I.Y. into willful amateurishness. The songs, which have the urgency and bite-me attitude of the Olympia scene, deserve better than that.

Customer Reviews

riott Grrrrl Icons

maybe Bratmobile made the scence but BAngs are working it. They are primarily for the less hardcore riot grrl group but the songs are great and there is no fillers or snags in this trailblazing would be sorry not to buy at least one song from this album

Death by Guitar

Slightly above-average punchy buzzy pop punky songs about...guys


Born: 1992 in Juba, South Sudan

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Bangs is a South Sudanese-Australian MC who attracted the attention of Eminem, Honda, and Jimmy Fallon with his quirky hit "Take U to Da Movies." Born in the South Sudan, he spent two of his teen years in Egypt before moving to Australia. A fan of Soulja Boy, Chingy, and Dr. Dre, Bangs formed the Nubian Knights in Australia as an East African immigrant hip-hop collective. Launched in 2005, the group released a self-titled album in 2009, but that was also the same year Bangs took his solo career to...
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