Garage-op is something the south coast of the UK seems particularly dextrous in, serving slightly spiked post modern urchins with more often than not, relative success. ‘Bite Your tongue’ is the debut by the wonderfully titled Flash Bang Band. Their sound is only a few steps away from occasional angst ridden pop-punkers, but I’d wager our American cousins may well prematurely point to the elephant in the room that the Brighton Band are too pop, or perhaps too indie friendly, albeit with guitars to the fore, all of which is only one part of the band’s overall musical musings.
So to the album, recorded at Flash Bang Band’s home studio by the band and Andrew Brothwell (ex-Crooked Mountain Crooked Sea) time it appears to be well spent, although the 11 strong album seems a bit of a collage between garage pop meets slacker rock, with occasional lo-fi lo-fi of opening tracks, Songs like ‘Dananananafreud’ demonstrates their song writing talents, but probably by the robust guitar parts of ‘Screw Come Loose’ and ‘If You’re Driving’ that make for an early door strong impressions. credit goes to guitar wielding frontman Andy Halliday, on bass guitar & vocals Rob Camier, Drums & Samples from Rodney Roodt, for a trio their sound suggests a bigger line-up, guess in the short term that’s a plus – smaller van!
A little later ‘Bite Your Tongue’ serves up some solid indie-rock, the Boston tinged ‘Young Rogue’ is a radio-friendly AAA outing followed by ‘Convenient Excuses For Erstwhile Spooks (Part 1)’ which again goes along very well, if most of this album has been aired live already around Brighton, it’s not hard to see why the first WG had heard of them was as a live band the came our way as “highly recommended” some months ago now.
An adept debut album, Flash Bang Band make a good impression, especially with the closing track ‘Good Excuse’, another strong highlight reaffirming what sways of the southern coast already know. Flash Bang Band are here to stay. ‘Bite Your Tongue’ deserves high praise, which I defer to others for once. Simply offering the band suggest multiple talent, time then for another worthwhile pursuit. 7.7/10
‘If You’re Driving’