have really got to start writing things down. Not too long ago,
someone posted a link to a band called We
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 heard garage!
Not old garage from the sixties, I am guessing, but honest to
God garage from todayand
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
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.
knew We Say
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 vocalist David
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
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.
not just the voice, either. The basic guitar, bass and drums
lineup gives We
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
his share, keeping the drums loud and pounding. Nothing fancy.
Fancy would ruin it. Adam
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 of The
though who could reproduce Sean
you enough for you to know just how close they are.
you what. You shouldn't be reading this. You should head right
over to the
band's bandcamp pagewhere
you can find their album, Ignite,
ready for download at a name
your own price cost.
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.
whoever supplied the link to these guys, I owe you a big one.
Grab your pewter mug and meet me at a We
Say Bang! gig!
First one's on me! Wait a minute! I just remembered. The
about these guys! Crap! I already owe him a keg or two. Oh
well, who doesn't like a party?