"WRFL Live" By Them God Damn Bangs (Lexington, KY)/Blues Punk/Released Feb 2016
A wise man once said, “If you can’t do it live you can’t do it at all”. And Lexington’s Them God Damn Bangs is a band that definitely brings it live. And to prove that the group entered the WRFL studio on the University of Kentucky campus to share their sound over the airwaves. Laying down ten tracks and compiling it into their first release.
The group has only been in existence for just over a year. And despite several line up changes have swiftly amassed a strong following in the Lexington area off the strength of their high energy live shows. Comprised of current and former members of notable Lexington bands such as Middle Class Mischief, Theories of the Apocalypse, and The One Night Standards, the band sport a sound and show as fun as their moniker.
Them God Damn Bangs play a modern spin on old school rock and roll mixed with elements of punk and blues. Upbeat tempos, bluesy guitar lines, and a male/female vocal dynamic mark the signatures of their sound. Most of the songs are fairly danceable and feature catchy sing-a-long choruses. Group founder and frontman Josh Fayne leads the songs with his energetic, bellowing vocal style coupled with the soulful vocals of band mate Rachel Young.
“WRFL Live” is rife with strong songwriting and nary a weak track on the album. Opening the record is “Bagga Bones”, a bluesy track with a catchy lead guitar hook and narrative lyrics about an unsavory man. “Babadook” is a darker but still upbeat track based around the horror movie of the same name. “Whole Lotta Nothin’” is the most fast paced of the album’s songs and features rapid fire rapped/sung lyrics. “Grave Robber Grace” is a unique track for the album with ukulele featured in the instrumentation and a more somber tone. “Miles to Croatoa” closes the album and is the bands heaviest song as well as a fan favorite.It features a groovy Black Sabbath-esque riff and brings Young’s vocals more to the forefront.
If Them God Damn Bangs’ first recorded effort can be summed up in one word, it would be “fun”. Passion for their craft can be heard in every note played and lyric sung. The group is entertaining to watch and it will be a treat to see what new tunes the five piece come up with on future endeavors.