A trio of like-minded individuals based in Richmond, Virginia that started playing together in March last year when Colin Thibodeau asked some friends to perform his recordings under the moniker Collin Thibodeauxx. After one dropped out shortly after the release of their lo-fi crackling debut Nothing Buttrock, their progress didn’t drop. In time, this lent itself to the Lance Bangs name, culminating in the release of the new EP Lance Mountain.
As with the majority of EPs, it’s relatively short. However, it packs a mighty punch of both flavour and something authentic. Think of it as the 2016 musical equivalent of an Oompa-Loompa or a jam-packed Calzone. The blink and you’ll miss it-mentality that ‘Dig’ portrays is a delightful 105 seconds of layered, punchy riffs covered by a 60s groove alongside wailing vocals concerning how much he “wants some drugs”. Now whereas ‘Dig’ made you feel like you’re listening to Brian Wilson’s grungier cousin, ‘Sneakin’ Out’ changes it up and out. Not only does it help to open up Thibodeau’s vocals that in turn somehow sound cleaner than on the first track, the start and end have this distinct dirtiness. It doesn’t lose any of its lo-fi sensibilities, but maintains a grip on what can only be described as close-knit high fives from instrument to instrument.
Kicking off with empty vocals of “last week, she bled”, ‘#1 Single Released on 420’ is pretty much THAT emotive, quieter song that most rock bands create to disassociate the rest of their music from all sounding the same. Not to say that it’s lacking in anything major but the stature in which it stands out just isn’t as large when compared to the rest of the EP. Alongside ‘#1 Single…’, there’s an increasing softness to the final two tracks as it begins to drift off, allowing for a cloud of simplicity to wash over the songs.
Succinctly finishing off with the last remaining strums in ‘Let It Grow’ brings a sense of closure that a lot of EPs, albums and the like don’t usually bring. Even if there’s no overriding sense of wanting more now, the start for Lance Bangs is something bright.