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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Bangs
Call and Response
Kill Rock Stars

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Tuesdays can be dull. They're too close to Monday to instill you with hope for a fast-approaching weekend, but they're already too far away from Sunday to still be well rested. For this very reason, a long time ago, I decided that Tuesdays would be my day to listen to dance music - music that'll make me dance at all costs. I started last Tuesday off with "Instant Hit" from the Slits and it ended up being the slowest song I listened to all day. So when I was looking for a record to review a few minutes ago I spotted the new Bangs disc, all decked out in Budmo Jiggler font, and I knew it was perfect for a Tuesday review for two reasons: It is altogether danceable and upbeat enough to wake me from an especially dull Tuesday.

Guitarist Sarah Utter and bassist Maggie Vail (sister to Tobi Vail of Bikini Kill fame, who gave her sister a hand on the album by providing backup vocals, hand-claps and screams) share vocal duties, and new drummer Peter David Connelly rounds out the group.

The Runaways-esque "Call and Response" starts the album off with a bang, probably the best track this six-song EP has to offer, as Connelly and the girls alternate between twenty or thirty seconds of full force, with drums pounding and more vigorous vocals, and well-timed break-downs. "Kinda Good" starts off a lot slower than the one-two punch of "Call and Response" and the album's second song, "New Scars" and with it the Bangs flounder a bit in the calmer waters of a band with much less intense drumming and more sugary vocals. "Kinda Good" represents the Bangs at their least effective, taking some of the fun out of Call and Response. Though it isn't an awful song by any means, "Kinda Good" is as polite a description for the song as you'll get. Fortunately, "I Want More" comes next, picking up exactly where "Call and Response" and "New Scars" left off. Guitars, bass, drums, and energetic vocals are back in full effect, to make the song the second-best on Call and Response.

With generally strong percussion and excellent guitar work, the Bangs make catchy, albeit extremely simple, songs that are fine for Tuesdays or any day you want some music to jump around to.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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