Album Review: Bangers – Small Pleasures

Sebastio Martins 25 September 2011

Bangers – Small Pleasures

Small Pleasures’ marks the full-length debut for UK-based punk trio Bangers, who have had their share of successful split releases and a 2010 collection, titled ‘Dude Trips’.

The album title speaks for itself. It is a small pleasure indeed, but unfortunately not in the sense of a rare delight. More like the usual box of chocolates you get around Christmas.

Despite the catchy up-tempo less-than-3-minute songs, they are permeated by the traditional punk formula of the ever present drum-hammering and even more lingering guitar riffs scratched monotonously to and fro to and fro to and fro to and fro… you get the idea.

One immediately turns to the vocals in a desperate attempt to become gripped by the music in some miraculous way. An apparently defiant and anger-filled lead singer Roo Pescod is appealing for a few moments, until the subject-matter of the lyrics reveals an unoriginal obsession with growing old and with feverish capitalist consumption: ‘The last thing I need is any more things’ is cried a gazillion times in ‘Church Street in Ruins’, the best track in the album. Nonetheless, maybe they should’ve honoured it with the name ‘Irritants’, after another track in the album.

After listening to the album a couple of times, one cannot help but feel that the band could not have come up with a more fitting title for their album. It seems just another small pleasure casually picked from the ‘small pleasure’ section of commercial punk rock of a HMV near you.  It is therefore ironic that Bangers should be criticizing the same capitalism of which they are an obvious product.

Sebastio Martins