Artist of the Week: Bang Bangz
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bang Bangz is a band. A new band. They make music. They make music that sounds like what stuff feels like. They make music that makes you talk in short, terse sentences while you're listening to it. They make music that makes you look at their press pictures and say, "Yep, that's pretty much exactly right." They make music that sounds soft coming out of your computer speakers and heavy coming out of non-computer speakers. And that's interesting.
So we asked them questions. They gave us answers. Then we copied it below. There's talk of Kirko Bangz (duh) and virgins (duh) and pie (duh). There's some other stuff you. You know how that goes.
Rocks Off: Tell everyone everything they need to know about Bang Bangz in exactly six words.
Bang Bangz: Electro-pop, groovy, sexy and successful alcoholics.
RO: The greatest mystery of all: What happened to the Z in the first Bang?
BB: Elizabeth seems to like a bit of 'Bang' in her life and plenty of 'Zzz's'. She's the one that came to me with the name of this project shortly after we started. I instantly loved the name; it was fresh, dynamic and cut short for our new music.
RO: Is there any way at all we can convince you to start a subsidiary group dedicated to covering Kirko Bangz's music? Perhaps you could call it Kirko Bang Bangz?
BB: It's funny that you ask about Kirko Bangz. After a while of using Twitter, I started searching for any mentions of Bang Bangz like a total douche looking for compliments. I found a lot of mentions of Kirko Bangz's "Drank In my Cup." He's damn good at what he does and I even thought about trying to contact him. We may have to cover his song or do some remixes, add a bit more Bangz to it.
RO: That song "Night Souls," it sounds like what it feels like to be drunk and kind of sad and maybe looking at something bright. That's what you guys were going for, right?
BB: Your description is on point. We have been working on our music constantly every night and trying to shape our sound so it can be memorable. Considering the fact that all the music that leaves our studio is made during the wee hours of the morning with the help of some dizzy nectar, feeling a bit nostalgic with lyrics about our current lives; all of these elements defined this track very well. When we perform it live it sounds a lot more bold with guitar work and live drums. It's a really fun song that we enjoy listening to even after the 50th listen.
RO: You all have a show coming up. Will there be pie? What about virgins? What about virgins eating pie? What about harlots? What about swindlers and jesters? If you've got, like, maybe 40 percent of those things, it'll be great, for certain.
BB: Unfortunately, there will be no pie. Virgins chasing jesters turning into harlots by the end of the night? Definitely. Swindlers? no way, man. So swindling on our watch. Either way, it's one show that everyone should try and make it out to. (Saturday, December 3rd at Numbers for the Montrose Winter Social will be our 6th concert.) We have had the fortunate opportunities to open up for national acts (Active Child, Com Truise, The Octopus Project) already and this is going to be another gem in our first chapter as Bang Bangz. We perform at 9:30pm on the Mainstage ( efore Glasnost, Ishi, Shiny Toy Guns).
RO: A big, broad, important question: What is the point of Bang Bangz?
BB: What's the point?! There is no point. It's just a notion that we all shared, to create something that'll make ourselves and everyone else feel good and make bad decisions while listening to it. Dance and feel happy or sad whichever!