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Some of survivors from the 80's LA glam rock scene is fun to listen to again and Bang Tango is one of the many 'pretty-boy' looking bands that was rocking hard in those days. BT was maybe more into the funky metal style like bands as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More back in those days anyway. The 2012 version of Bang Tango is a more down to earth rock band with groovy riffs and heavy drums. The presence of G'n'R is obvious and there are also some dashes of comparasons to bands like Warrant, Night Ranger, Mötley, Black 'N Blue and Poison. Hair bandanas & leather jackets is the right dress code.
The only 'original' member still in the band is the lead vocalist Joe Lestre with his characteristic roughness in the voice. Quite similar voice mode as Ty Pennington in the TV show 'Extreme Home Makeover' btw. 'Pistol Whipped in the Bible Belt' is an album name which stands out a bit and the Californian Rock influence is apparent and the song texts are testosterone-filled party lyrics. The mix of slow ballads and the up-tempo metal tracks is well balanced and gives the album the wideness and richness good albums should contain. Elegant clean guitars together with a cheeky American lingo and groovy, dusty classic rock with charisma.
PWITBB is not a world-changing rock album that will inspire the young rockers to any big drastic changes in the musical direction and I like that they hold on to the old school US hard rock that the Yankees is so good at. Good party music and a nice comeback from Bang Tango.
The line up: Joe Lestre - Vocals, Scott LaFlamme - Guitar, Lance Eric - Bass and Trent Anderson - Drums.