I have really got to start writing things down. Not too long ago, someone posted a link to a band called and, like the numbskull that I am, I took a vacation before following the link. When I got back, I clicked and something strange happened. I heardgarage! Not old garage from the sixties, I am guessing, but honest to God garage fromtodayand I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, so what? Here's your so what. I've heard plenty of bands emulating the sounds of the sixties and many of them do a damn good job of it, but garage? Not so much. They play the notes, but they can't get thefeel. It's like taking a bunch of European folkies and handing them a bluegrass tune. The can play the notes, but not all that convincingly. Of course, I have to backtrack on that a bit. Musicians are becoming so sophisticated and immerse themselves in various genres so intensely these days that the occasional you-got-it breaks through. Again, for garage, not so much.
I knewWe Say Bang!had it from note one. There was something in the voice that screamed mania. By the time they got to the chorus a few measures later, I was dragged through the time tunnel. I don't know what vocalistDavid Hedinhas been drinking, but I'd like to buy him a round to make sure that voice remains the same. I hear a combination of ghosts from my past---Sky Saxon,Roky Erickson,Gerry Roslieand a handful of others--- and I am dumbfounded. Musicians from all over have tried to capture the past, especially the sixties garage and psych past, but few have approached these guys.
It's not just the voice, either. The basic guitar, bass and drums lineup givesWe Say Bang!that raw and minimal sound necessary to pull it off. More than three chords, yes, but not too many more. Have to keep it simple to keep it honest.Jacob Gibbensdoes his share, keeping the drums loud and pounding. Nothing fancy. Fancy would ruin it.Adam Hernandezcranks up the bass just enough to drive the train through walls and Hedin? What can I say? The guy must have gotten here through a time warp. You want the manic side ofThe Seeds?Thirteenth Floor Elevators?The Sonics? EvenThe Music Machine, though who could reproduceSean Bonniwell's vocals?We Say Bang!gives you enough for you to know just how close they are.
Tell you what. You shouldn't be reading this. You should head right over tothe band's bandcamp pagewhere you can find their album,Ignite, ready for download at aname your own pricecost. Download it. Listen to it. If you think you didn't pay enough, and people who are really into garage probably will think they didn't, contact the band and pay some more. Better yet, scope out the various venues in the Seattle area and go see them live. Something tells me they drink out of pewter mugs. Music this intense can break glass.
And whoever supplied the link to these guys, I owe you a big one. Grab your pewter mug and meet me at aWe Say Bang!gig! First one's on me! Wait a minute! I just remembered.' and'Nathan Hillposted about these guys! Crap! I already owe him a keg or two. Oh well, who doesn't like a party?