Do you like gang vocals? With the band Bang Camaro that is all you are going to get? Instead of having one lead singer, they often employ from 10 to 20 singers for every live show. Either this band is crazy for using this concept, or they are extremely creative.
These darlings of Guitar Hero have returned with another album filled with rocking guitar tunes to get your blood pumping.
I admit that I liked Bang Camaro’s first album. I thought the gang vocal ideal was a novel concept, if not a unique one. I can’t think of another hard rock act that has tried anything like this.
On album # 2, I thought gang vocals were a hindrance, instead of a help to the band. There is no doubt in my mind that this band has some decent musicians, but at this stage in the game, I think it is time for them to find one talented singer instead of the 10 – 20 they use today. Are there good songs on Bang Camaro II? Yes, there are a couple of them that are pretty good. The album is full of 80’s style hair metal that will be sure to please some old school rock fans. The music is surprisingly solid, but the vocals are a problem for me. I just couldn’t get into the music as much because the vocals proved to be more of a distraction. Some of the song writing is pretty weak as well. “I Know You Like My Band” is a perfect example of a song that never should have seen the light of day. Did a high school kid write this song?
I am sure there are some folks that will love this album, but I believe this Camaro is headed for the wrecking ball.
You can check out Bang Camaro on myspace at this link.
1. Blood Red Rock
2. Night Lies
4. She’s Gone (Critical)
5. Miss Illusion
6. I Know You Like My Band
8. Can’t Stop The Night
9. The Hit
10. Life Is Hard On The Road
Bang Camaro is:
Alex Necochea – Guitar
Bryn Bennett – Guitar
Dave ‘Doz’ Riley – Bass
Peter McCarthy – Drums
Rodrigo Van Stoli – Vocals
Morgan Brown – Vocals
Nick Given – Vocals
Richie Hoss – Vocals
Glen Fant – Vocals
Steve Trombley – Vocals
Zach Given – Vocals
Jake Given – Vocals
Jay Clifford – Vocals
J. David Nugent – Vocals
James Fant – Vocals
Justin Buckley – Vocals
If you’re seeking creative and/or social success in the Boston rock scene, there are certain faux pas you must avoid at all cost. Don’t appear to be having too much fun at a show. Don’t dance. Keep that facial expression neutral. If you absolutely must rock out, simply nod along to the beat, but never to the point of pedestrian “head-banging.” And never, ever wear the T-shirt of the band you’re going to see. Don’t even dream of wearing the T-shirt of a band you play in.
Maybe this all sounds counter-productive, even self-nullifying, but it’s very necessary. Back when irony was still alive and kicking, the overlords got cocky and lifted the rules for Bang Camaro, and look what happened. This past August, Bang opened up one of the Lollapalooza main stages for an audience of approximately 3000. Meanwhile, your roommate’s cookie-cutter indie-pop project will be lucky if seven people watch his set at P.A.’s this Tuesday. It’s just so unfair . . .
“We remembered watching videos when we were young, where Metallica would always wear their own shirts. We’re like, ‘Fuck it! We’re going to bring that back!’ ” recalls lead guitarist Bryn Bennett while lounging in the restaurant of the Middle East upstairs, the band having just returned from a Halloween performance in Orlando. “We’d walk around with Bang Camaro shirts on and people were like, ‘You guys are assholes.’ “
“We’d show up at the bar and start high-fiving each other,” adds Alejandro “Alex” Necochea, the other guitar lead.
Bennett: “It’s weird how, now that we’ve been playing for a while, people look at us and they’re like, ‘Oh, it’s Bang Camaro. They’ve been in video games. They’re sellouts,’ or whatever. When we first started, we were just being assholes and loving it.”
It would take some balls just to conceptualize Bang Camaro — a glam-metal/’70s-arena-rock throwback with a choir of lead singers numbering six to 20 bros per show. But Bennett and Necochea — formerly of bygone Boston indie acts the Model Sons and the Good North, respectively — were sufficiently enthused to rock, despite their correct assessment of Bang’s inherent ridiculousness and their incorrect assumption that everyone would hate them. Before anyone knew what Guitar Hero was (and, yes, they understand they owe their ability to tour nationally to Harmonix), before “Don’t Stop Believing” was in the finale of The Sopranos, Bang Camaro humbly set out to play songs about the songs that had entranced them before they had quite come of age. Like, before they had time to become self-aware enough to know what snark is. The real irony of Bang Camaro is their lack of irony . . . well, except for the 20 lead singers. That’s way ironic.
“All of a sudden, we had this vehicle to write hard-rock songs, which was awesome,” says Bennett. “We were like little kids in the candy store. Like, ‘I’m going to write a riff like Metallica! And record it! And I want this one to sound like GNR or Dokken!’ And grabbing things like riffs we wrote when we were, like, 14.”
Necochea: “I always loved Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘I Don’t Know.’ It’s got this great riff where the guitar player’s playing in this really hot-rodded neo-classical kind of tone. It created this, for lack of better words, rock imagery that I was in love with as a kid. That’s something we wanted to do with our music.”
This Friday will see the release of Bang Camaro II, which is far less tongue-in-cheek and more fully realized than their first disc. The choir, who were mostly relegated to chanting choruses on the 2007 debut, sing entire songs on II, with occasional multi-harmonies tossed in. It’s still funny that there are so many of them, but they’re being harnessed to be more than an imitation of multiple Joe Elliots singing the chorus of “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” The gimmick is no longer quite so gimmicky.
Much has happened since that fateful day in 2005 when Bang Camaro first posted their homonymous song on MySpace, and it promptly blew up. Says Necochea (during the only part of this interview that could’ve possibly bummed anyone out), “I was really impressed with the response [to the first song], but at the same time I was shocked, thinking, ‘After all this time, playing guitar for however many years, this is going to be it for me. I’m going to be remembered for this ridiculous song with all these guitar solos.’ It took me about three days to come around. All these years later, it’s ridiculous to contemplate that I went through that, because I’ve put everything that I have into this band.”
Courtesy of the Providence Phoenix
Bang Camaro has posted a new song called “Night Lies” on their myspace page. This new song is available for download through CD Freedom and I-Tunes. Check it Out!
Sound and Fury are continuing their rock n’ roll freight train of excess with the group’s Fall US tour alongside Boston based ‘80s enthusiasts Bang Camaro.
“Bang Camaro are really great and we’re really excited to be touring with them and its gonna be a kick ass party,” commented Sound and Fury frontman Luke Metcalf.
Toronto’s Sound and Fury are flying high off their self-titled debut full-length album, which was released through Rebel Youth Records/MRI-RED Distribution. The band’s refreshing approach to modern rock combines the thunderous riffing of AC/DC with the raw energy of the Ramones. The band’s explosive live show has been converting loyal fans opening for everyone from pop-punkers Sum 41 to Aussie rockers Airbourne. Sound and Fury’s unbridled power can be witnessed in the group’s brand new video for “Teenage Rampage”, which can be seen online at www.soundandfury.com.
Boston based Bang Camaro are the perfect tour companion to aid Sound and Fury’s whiskey rawk show. The band consists of three guitar players, a bass player, a drummer, and anywhere from ten to twenty singers. The songs remind the listener of arena rock from the mid to late 80s, but with a strange twist. This band has no lead vocals, only guitar solos and choruses sung by the band and the mob of extras. The group is touring in support of their self-titled debut album, which has drawn attention from MTV and Billboard magazine.
Sound And Fury Tour Dates w/ Bang Camaro:
Sep 12 2008 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
Sep 13 2008 Portland, ME @ The Asylum
Sep 25 2008 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
Sep 26 2008 Madison, WI @ The High Noon Saloon
Sep 27 2008 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Oct 03 2008 Seattle, WA @ King Cobra
Oct 04 2008 Portland, OR @ Dante’s
Oct 05 2008 San Francisco, CA@ Bottom of the Hill
Oct 08 2008 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
Oct 09 2008 Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
Oct 10 2008 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Oct 11 2008 Tucson, AZ @ Plush
Sound And Fury Tour Dates w/ Airbourne:
Nov 01 Cardiff University Cardiff, UK
Nov 02 Bristol Academy Bristol, UK
Nov 05 Birmingham Academy Birmingham, UK
Nov 06 Sheffield Octagon Sheffield, UK
Nov 07 Liverpool Academy Liverpool, UK
Nov 08 Manchester Academy Manchester, UK
Nov 10 Dublin Ambassador Dublin, IRE
Nov 11 Belfast Mandela Hall Belfast, IRE
Nov 13 Inverness Ironworks
Nov 14 Dundee Fat Sams
Nov 15 Glasgow Barrowlands Glasgow
Nov 17 Newcastle Academy Newcastle, UK
Nov 18 Leeds Met University Leeds, UK
Nov 19 Stoke Victoria Hall UK
Nov 20 Nottingham Rock City Nottingham, UK
Nov 22 Oxford Academy Oxford, UK
Nov 23 Norwich UEA
Nov 24 Cambridge Junction Cambridge, UK
Nov 26 Folkestone Lees Cliff Hall UK
Nov 27 Astoria London, UK
Dec 1 Laiterie Strasbourg, France
Dec 2 Trabendo Paris, France
Dec 4 Apolo 2 Barcelona, Spain
Dec 5 Theatre Barbey Bordeaux, France
Dec 6 Rolling Stone Milan, Italy
Dec 7 Rohstofflager Zurich, Switzerland
Dec 8 Flex Vienna, Austria
Dec 15 Small Vega Copenhagen, Denmark
Dec 18 Grunspan Hamburg, Germany
Dec 21 Backstage/Werk Munich, Germany
Dec 28 Colas-Saal Ascahffenburg, Germany