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Bang Bang Romeo – “Chemical” (video)

21 Jul

Having wowed us in the past with tracks like “Johannesburg” and “Carnival”, Bang Bang Romeo have just raised our love for them up another notch with the earth-shattering might of “Chemical”. First heard online over a year ago, the Yorkshire based foursome have finally released it as a single and given us some rather superb visuals accompaniment as well.

To say that it’s huge is something of an understatement. “Chemical” has such an intensity and so much power that it could rouse the dead. The expansion of the track, as the opening gives way to the explosion of guitar and rhythm and as Anastasia’s voice grows to its foundation-shaking best, is a literal goosebump moment. Every single time we hear it.

Their sound has always been darkly cinematic and now they have a video to match. Starring the incredible Ralph Ineson and Olivia Roach, it has a wonderfully grandiose feel that perfectly matches the song. In the majestic setting of Rossington Hall, our protagonist (Ineson) appears to go through a Scrooge-like epiphany thanks to the siren-esque visitation of hypnotic spirit (Roach).

They’ve explained that “Chemical” is “about not giving up on someone even when it feels like it’s almost over, not living with regrets and finding that feeling again that was there right at the beginning, it’s love that’s worth fighting for that can’t be explained as something that runs through your veins, it’s something bigger than that.”

With a sound as vast and immense as this, ‘bigger than that’ could be the band motto.

”Chemical” is out now and available to buy on iTunes



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Bang Bang Romeo – “Johannesburg”

30 Mar

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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.


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Bang Bang Romeo – “Carnival”

7 Apr

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Recently we’ve found ourselves craving something a little different to normal, which is why it’s been a few days since we last wrote anything. We love synth pop, muted atmospheric sounds that float etc etc, but when that is all that’s coming through your inbox, it can get a little, well, samey. That’s not to say we don’t like it or it’s not any good, far from it, but if you could only ever eat the same meal again and again, eventually you’d start craving something different.

Serendipitously, just as we were reaching that point where we were dreading opening the next email, salvation came along in the form of a four-piece from Yorkshire with a cracking name, Bang Bang Romeo. From the opening seconds of Ross Cameron’s screeching guitar banshee and the intense, foreboding pound of Richard Gartland’s drum, we knew this was what we’d been looking for.

Taken from their forthcoming We Were Born EP, “Carnival” is old-school rock with a grand, cinematic twist and in Anastasia Walker, a voice that should be starring in movies. Walker sings with such passion, such heart and power and skill that, in the space of one song, she is able to drift from dark, dramatic top-of-her-game-Liza Minnelli-esque lows (no, really) to emphatic blasts of raw muscle that would have Beth Ditto cowering in fright.

“Carnival” itself is powerful, rough around the edges and grandiose, like a grind-house film-noir or something. It’s rich, textured and knock your socks off big. It’s more of an old fashioned freakshow carnival than a modern day, fair rides and candy floss affair; full of sinister wonders and fantastical spectaculars to take your breath and shock your soul. Just what the Doctor ordered.

The ‘We Were Born’ EP is out on 28 April and can be pre-ordered with various exclusives through pledgemusic.


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