Reviews Bangers Crazy Fucking Dreams

Bangers

Crazy Fucking Dreams

Bangers are a punk band from Cornwall, but they don’t play to expectations in their second full-length Crazy Fucking Dreams. Instead, the record starts with the mid-to-slow tempo “A Curious Mix,” with speak-sing vocals and a trumpet. Singer Roo Pescod’s voice remains confrontational and direct, and that’s the most “punk rock” thing about “A Curious Mix.” From there, of course, the record goes back into familiar territory, picking up the pace with the vitriol-discharger “Blind Hindsight.”

The overall sound remains in that mid-tempo range, building energy to where a chorus would lie, though that isn’t really Bangers’ lyrical approach. It’s melodic in spurts, with angular chords to build tension and Pescod’s spit-sing vocals leading the charge. There are some group singalongs that build on the positivity but, as a whole, Bangers are a group that sings about disappointment, frustration, and anger. They’re venting about a bad day rather than looking forward to tomorrow and the musical cues follow this same approach. They use detailed lyrics that build a setting and tone, telling little stories to exemplify the points while giving a window into their daily lives. There’s a lot of “I” to the songs, and it’s entirely believable as first-person tale, though it tends toward larger social topics than merely day-to-day anecdotes.

Musically, the record has distanced itself a bit from Small Pleasures by toning down the pace, yet keeping that frustration at the core. It’s less singalong for the listener, instead kicking and sighing its way through the hardships. It’s a sentiment well explained in “Bad Jokes:” 

how we worked so much for so little
and the irony of it, when
all we wanted to be was penniless and passionate
and now that we weren’t 
how much we hated it.

The tempo and tone pick up a bit in “Part Animal” and “The Pits” but, well, look at those song titles. An outlier on the record is “A Quite Different Coastline,” which takes influence from Huntington Beach while aping the influence and bringing it home to their own community.

Overall Bangers play angry, frustrated punk for the heart, not the circle pit, and while it’s a depth that may not instantly hit on the very first listen, it’s one that resonates far greater.

7.3 / 10Loren
Advertisement
Radio K 2
Leave a comment

7.3 / 10

7.3 / 10

Share this content
Related features

One Question Interviews Specialist Subject Records

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 2:20 a.m.

Andrew (Specialist Subject Records, Bangers) SPB: Do any of your musician friends have tinnitus? Andrew: I've actually had tinnitus for nearly 10 years and ...

One Question Interviews Bangers

Posted Nov. 29, 2013, 1:36 p.m.

Roo Pescod (Bangers, solo) SPB: What is the secret to a successful tour? Pescod: If there is one golden secret to a successful tour I ...

Music Fest 12

Posted Nov. 11, 2013, 5:24 p.m.
Fest 12

Fest recaps are tough. It’s a 4-day* event with over 400 bands. By my spotty count, I saw at least 42 bands and 7 ...

Advertisement
Radio K 2
More by Bangers

Bangers

Bird

8.7 / 10 Bangers - Bird album cover

Bird is the Bangers record I wanted in 2013. Crazy Fucking Dreams is a good record, it was just a little less direct than I wanted from the band, being ...

Bangers

Small Pleasures

7.0 / 10 Bangers - Small Pleasures album cover

Small Pleasures is the first proper full-length from Cornwall, England trio Bangers. To shortcut straight to the point, it’s fitting that this record is released in the US on Kiss ...

Related news

Bands 1QI: American Scarecrows, Brown Brogues, Ghoul, Specialist Subject Records

Posted Dec. 9, 2014, 2:57 p.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one interview every Monday-Thursday. Okay, sometimes we miss ...

Bands New Bangers video

Posted Oct. 2, 2014, 7:45 a.m.

Bangers have released a new video, included below, from their recent 48-hour album project for the song "Last of the Big Dippers." The group is currently on tour with Pale ...

Tours Lawrence Arms Will be in The U.K. This October

Posted Oct. 2, 2014, 12:24 a.m.

The Lawrence Arms start a UK tour on October 7th with Sam Russo and Bangers supporting. Find the dates after the jump

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.