June 1, 2010
Slutty Slutty Bang Bang’s recent self-titled release is a refreshingly original exploration of odd chord progressions, electronic beats and sounds, and extended jam sessions. The casual music listener should turn back here – this is not pop, and anyone going into this album thinking so will probably end up peeing their pants in a frightened panic once they hit the third track.
Fortunately, the rest of the album is dominated by the fantastic instrumentals of all three members, as well as several guest musicians with contributing parts here and there (note the virtuoso trumpet solo in “Be Happy”). Most songs clock in at over five minutes and don’t come close to formulaic pop structures, instead filled to the brim with speedy, complex guitar and bass jams backed by both traditional drumming and electronic percussion. SSBB is all about creating unique soundscapes that can be appreciated intellectually (much in the way jazz might be), but also gets your booty shakin’. It’s strange, but it’s a good kind of strange.
TTT (out of 5).
Editor’s note: Do NOT Google this band at work. I’m sure you can imagine why…