Monday, May 23, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Not only is this album funny, it's also extremely good. The songs are well written, or improvised and the guest list does an excellent job skewering their own genre. Every track on this album is better than their grammy nominated single "I'm on a Boat" from their debut album, Incredibad. I don't know what else to say. It's a Fair Warning album of the year nominee with Foo Fighter's "Wasting Light". That's some stiff competition. Now enjoy "I Just Had Sex".
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
What Kings of Leon laid the foundation for, American Bang has built on and actually done it better than KOL on their first two albums. Upon first and even second and third listenings, one gets the impression that American Bang is just some kid brother band to KOL, much like Hoobastank was to Incubus before they just started to plain suck(The Reason). But, after a few listens, you can really hear how different American Bang is to Kings of Leon. The songs on their self titled album span all over the rock spectrum with ballads that aren't that ballad-y, arena sing-alongs, just-outta-high-school-weekend-drinking anthems, and perfect little ditties that blend rock with just a touch of country twang to keep listeners hooked and not annoyed with their best (insert typical country singer) impersonation.
American Bang also doesn't feature that glossy production feel. No four minute long guitar solos, sound effect intros or monotonous instrumental keyboard jams with hidden meanings. It isn't showy or depressing or violent or political. It's just a classic 45 minute rock record. Three and half to four minute songs with catchy choruses and memorable guitar riffs.
I think Tom Petty said it best when he said, "Don't bore us, get to the chorus".