BANGERS: Crazy Fucking Dreams: LP/CD

May 30, 2014

Most bands would probably start off an album with as much energy as could be mustered in order to grab the listener’s attention, and, to be fair, it’s an approach that generally works well on me. However, on Crazy Fucking Dreams it’s obvious that Bangers see the world differently with the lead track, “A Curious Mix,” easing me in almost apologetically at first, hinting as it does towards a more varied approach to the standard melodic punk the band has used as its medium in the past few years. It’s not as if Bangers has altered its sound hugely but there’s an added maturity and assurance which allows most of the tracks to surpass previous work from the band. Roo Pescod’s lyrics are like short stories that draw you in, leaving you wanting to know more about what lead him to write them in the first place—he’s one of the most compelling lyricists around today in my book. Musically, the variations come from more changes in pace that, at times, provide a relaxed sense to songs, but which can, in a flash, still offer an altered direction containing a more feverish delivery. It’s reassuring when a band evolves whilst managing to retain its original core appeal. That’s certainly the case with Bangers—the whole package could only be from that one band but it’s all done in a way that builds on what’s gone before. 

 –Rich Cocksedge (Love From Beach Community, [email protected], lovefrombeachcommunity.com)

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