Bang Okay Bang - Chemicals EP
Record Label: Self-released
Release date: July 6, 2012
If a stoner rock band falls in the forest, do you really need to be there to hear the sound? Or do you already kinda know what it sounded like? Put another way: Kyuss and Monster Magnet blazed the trails, and their followers arenít exactly big on Robert Frost.
These things having been said, thereís a lot to be said for not trying to hard to sound different. Lots of musical genres long ago gave up on one song sounding different from the one that preceded it: blues, pop-punk, modern country. So when I put a stoner rock CD in Iím looking for it to be, well, stoner rock.
Bang Okay Bang deliver stoner rock. Itís not new and shiny but it is old and crusty, and thatís exactly how it should be. Each of the four songs on this DIY EP is pretty awesome. It reeks of Nashville and bourbon and dive bars and everything Nashville entails. The closer, ďChemicals Pts. I & II,Ē is brutal, reminiscent of Boris and their ilk at full-octane peak: bassy, grungy guitar and loads of crash cymbals. The fact that two people (a White-Stripes-style boy/girl duo) make this music is noteworthy, too...
Iím not saying the wheel is being reinvented, or that this is the best EP to come out of the genre in ages, no sweeping generalizations. But it does have giant clanking brass balls, and thatís enough to make me want to give the full-length a swing when it rolls around.