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Bang! Bang! - Decked Out (Cover Artwork)

Bang! Bang!

Bang! Bang!: Decked OutDecked Out (2006)
Morphius

Reviewer Rating: 1.5


Contributed by: Matt_WhelihanMatt Whelihan
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When I reviewed Bang! Bang!'s EP Electric Sex I pointed out that the band sounded their best when they ditched their retro shtick and kicked in some post-punk influence. Well, sadly, much hasn't improved on their debut full-length. The band are still content to play the jittery new wave with hints o.
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When I reviewed Bang! Bang!'s EP Electric Sex I pointed out that the band sounded their best when they ditched their retro shtick and kicked in some post-punk influence. Well, sadly, much hasn't improved on their debut full-length. The band are still content to play the jittery new wave with hints of psychobilly card. Yep, that means there are still bouncy bass lines, reverb-happy guitars, and pseudo-shouted boy/girl vocals. If you can imagine a stripped down version of the B-52s, you are starting to get the picture.

Everything on Decked Out sounds familiar. The trebly guitar riffs, wavering vocal melodies, and all-around aesthetic of the band are overplayed. On their EP the band sounded promising, but now that they've produced twelve more tracks of near identical tunes, their tone is merely disappointing. To make their own unoriginality all the more apparent is a cover of Gun Club's "Sex Beat." The song sounds so much like Bang! Bang!'s own material that it not only makes it clear who their influences are, but also who they are having no qualms ripping off.

There are again moments of post-punk explosiveness here (the opening riff of "(I Heard You Singing) On the Radio") but they are again only small interjections of flair on an otherwise boring album. Bang! Bang! are content to not only re-tread ground they have worn out, but ground that artists of the `80s have worn out before them.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
feeeding5000 (October 1, 2006)

I'm so sick of bands that try to sound retro...unless they play '80's throwback hardcore.

inagreendase (September 30, 2006)

I only thought this was amusing because we got a pullquote from Matt's review for the band's previous release (of which he was on the fence about) on the cover's sticker.

almostpunkenough (September 29, 2006)

it's !-bands week.

skolarx (September 29, 2006)

very nice, i was just going to post that our bang bang blew these guys away. good to know people knew about them

theonetruebill (September 29, 2006)

The Detroit Bang Bang were better.

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