Crooked Bangs

Vinyl Bin

Texas Platters

Crooked Bangs

(Western Medical)

Despite working in the familiar medium of dark-hearted post-punk, Crooked Bangs leaves no room for spot-the-influence on its debut LP. The youthful Austin trio's succession of melodic wallops land at breakneck speed, conjuring breathless, back-alley excitement too immediate to succumb to nostalgia. The upfront delineator is vocalist/bassist Leda Celeste Ginestra, who sings like she discovered punk in the catacombs of a Parisian cabaret. Alternating between French and English lyrics, Ginestra brings uncommon depth and richness to macabre depictions of blood castles and flesh-ripping wolves. At the same time, she's quick to morph into guttural, Linda Blair-style screeching when the song demands it. Guitarist Samantha Wendel cuts the clutter in favor of finding the perfect surf-goth tone, while drummer Phillip Gonzalez plows through the anxious night like a pepped-up trucker. Although the oblivion-courting "Brains" climaxes with the refrain, "No more hope/Nothing left but a joke," there's not a truly downbeat number in this bunch.

***.5

READ MORE
More Crooked Bangs
Crazy From the Heat
Flesh Lights
7 & 7 Is

Kevin Curtin, Aug. 8, 2014

Playback
Playback
Blood Pact: Crooked Bangs and Western Medical

Kevin Curtin, Oct. 5, 2012

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Walter Daniels
"Almost Got Hit by a Truck" b/w "My Mind Got Bad", "Voodoo Working" and "Stimulant" b/w "I Get Off on It", "Graveyard Shift" b/w "They Can Only Fill One Grave" (Record Review)

Tim Stegall, Dec. 2, 2016

Texas Platters
Peckinpah
Animal Dreams (Record Review)

Bryan Rolli, Dec. 2, 2016

More by Greg Beets
Rock & Roll Books
Lennon on Lennon: Conversations With John Lennon
Lennon on Lennon: Conversations With John Lennon

Dec. 9, 2016

Texas Platters
Attic Ted
Parade Dust Mischief (Record Review)

Nov. 25, 2016

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Crooked Bangs

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)