There is a palpable sense of despair as Roo Pescod laments, “I don’t feel like I’ll ever been clean again,” in the song of the same name, and it is a trait that prevails throughout Bangers’ latest release. Only the final track, “Partial Eclipse,” offers a glimpse of positivity—however the band offers a musical counterpoint to the depths plumbed lyrically, resulting in a lively and melodic album. Bird is the result of Bangers’ first time recording in a “proper” studio and the results are displayed with a more powerful quality than heard before. It is not like the band needed such a boost but it does add something extra to its arsenal.
–Rich Cocksedge (Specialist Subject, [email protected], specialistsubjectrecords.co.uk)