It’s been almost a year since we last wrote about Yorkshire’s Bang Bang Romeo when we featured the darkly cinematic four-piece’s magnificent ”Carnival”. Since then they’ve released an EP, had a lot of radio play on XFM, Radio1, 6Music and the like and now, they return with a re-working of an old demo and (rumour has it) a new EP on the way.
Where “Carnival” was instantly grandiose and epic, “Johannesburg” has more of a slow burn to it. There’s a gradual flicker of melodic flame waiting to catch and ignite while Anastasia Walker’s vocal builds dramatically. We said it before but Walker’s voice is incredible; it’s shake the foundations of a building powerful and Tony award winningly theatrical, full of brooding intensity. It’s a bond theme voice.
There’s soulfulness here as well. It’s less the psychedelic film noir of their past efforts, more a gritty rundown town with heart kind of feeling with horn led flourishes, jagged, wailing guitars and an arms thrown wide denouement. It’s great stuff from a very exciting but still remarkably under the radar new band.