Bangers – Dude Trips

Bangers - dude tripsDude Trips collects up all of Bangers’ recorded output as of earlier this year, including tunes from their splits with Dirty Tactics and Brighton’s own Break the Habit among others. There’s 10 songs in all from this gruff pop-punk three piece who hail from Falmouth (oops, sorry guys, for ages I thought you were from Wales).

Bangers took a while to grow on me but now that they have I’m really into their style of earnest and honest punk rock. Their lyrics sound heavily autobiographical, which ranges from being surrounded by fashion-focused people (“Show me anyone whose priorities aren’t fucking dumb and I’ll show you five who’ve all got love affairs with clothes and hair”) to drinking all night with friends (“Home’s just where you stop when comfort outweighs your sense of adventure”). They’re a three-piece but thanks to some good guitar lines it’s easy to think that there’s a second six-stringer. I actually thought there was until I caught them live. Yep, I get things wrong a lot.

‘Excuses be Damned’ is one of my top picks from Dude Trips, an anthemic opener with the chorus “We’ll make the next one better!” which I think is about fucking up arrangements with friends or dates, but which works fairly well if you apply it to playing shows and going on tour. “We got held up on the way up, but we’re here now so could you please cheer up now.”

It’s a shame that Dude Trips wasn’t issued as a vinyl release, since all of the tracks on it are available elsewhere, a lot of them on other vinyl records, and collections always feel a bit more special on the bigger format. Still, it’s a good CD that collects some great songs from one of the UK’s hardest-working and touring punk bands, and despite their disparate origins the songs fit together perfectly as an album. Plus, you can download the songs free from Bandcamp if you don’t want to buy it. There’s no excuse not to do one of the two.

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  1. […] There are an awful lot of us banging on about Bangers these days. They tour themselves pretty hard and crop up on a lot of bills; to their credit, seeing them doesn’t get old. I last saw them supporting Iron Chic and reviewed the show here; last November I also reviewed their previous full-length, Dude Trips. […]

  2. […] – and deservedly so. I’ve written about them before when I reviewed their collection Dude Trips, and I’m currently working on a review of their latest effort, so I won’t say too much […]