Artist: Bai Bang
it's official, as Stockholm is rapidly becoming the new LA as Sweden is
wrapped in the 80's vibe of the Sunset Strip and all things Glam Rock
orientated at the moment, it seems only right that Bai Bang should
reform to show the young pretenders how it’s done.
Kastenbolt brings in new blood for this chapter of the bands history
with Pelle Eliaz on guitar, Joacim Sandin on bass and completing the
quartet Jonas Langebro on drums.
might have been eight years since the bands last studio album but all
that flair and glitzy sleaze hasn’t lost any of its shine, as the band
come out kicking and screaming right from the off and that Sunset vibe
of the Ratt and Crue days returns in bucket loads, only now it features
a more modern sounding angst feel to it. If you’re familiar with
the band Fatal Smile then you'll know what I’m talking about, mix them
with Wig Wam's sound and you’ve got Bai Bang!
album opens up with ‘I Love The Things You Hate’ and the years of
grunge and all the negative vibes of the nineties are thrown aside as
that eighties good time vibe really hits you full frontal.
band have some great anthemic songs on this album, really great arena
anthems the first of which is the massive ‘Born To Rock’, a great
song with a massive chorus and some wickedly delicious licks. A
must listen to track and definite single material.
sleazier side of the band is brought out with ‘Party Queen’.
This is pure Sunset Strip good time rock n' roll at its best, then it's
straight into another one of those arena style rockers with ‘Are You
Ready I’m Ready’.
are slowed down just a little with the ballad like tones of ‘Only The
Best Die Young’, which features a guitar solo from ex-Alice Cooper
guitarist Ryan Roxie. Next things pick up the pace once again for
‘We Come Alive’, a hard-hitting slice of Hard Rock with that simply
ROCKS! Think old school KISS and you'll not be far off on this
modern hard hitter lovers with just love the fantastic ‘Long Time
Cumin’ with it's big guitars and an even bigger chorus, before moving
on to ‘Bad Boys’ with it's definite Danger Danger vibe.
band reach out the Melodic Rock crowd with another of my favourites
‘All The Little Things’ before rounding off the album as they
started, in full party mood with ‘Bigtime Party’.
all this talk of a world wide recession and the gloom and doom
surrounding it every time you switch on the TV or radio, it's great to
just have a feel good album to turn your grey skies to blue and 'Are You
Ready' is such an aural ray of sunshine, it really is. So
give yourself an early summer and blow away those grey skies
1. I Love The Things
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