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Bang! Bang!: The Dirt That Makes You DrownThe Dirt That Makes You Drown (2007)
Reviewer Rating: 2
Contributed by: Matt_WhelihanMatt Whelihan
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First I reviewed Bang! Bang!’s EP Electric Sex, a release that had its moments -- a couple kick ass riffs that bordered on solid post-punk -- but for the most part relied too heavily on retroisms and rockabilly clichés. Next came their debut full-length, Decked Out, which I also had the pleasure of reviewing. Here the band simply grew frustrating, painting the same exact picture, just in a larger scale. So when I learned that Bang! Bang! had hit the studio yet again I can’t say that I marked the release date down on my calendar. Instead I merely prepared myself to be disappointed, and after the first four tracks I was. Here they were, the self-proclaimed “sex rock” band churning out tunes that sounded as if they came directly from the recording sessions for their previous releases. Yep, rockabilly meets new wave with squeaky vocals and the occasional killer of a spastic riff. But then “Loaded Questions (Intro)” came on and I found myself sporting the “this could get interesting” eyebrow raise.
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