Will Preston

The B Of The Bang @ The Wedgewood Rooms

by on Feb.20, 2010, under News

B Of The Bang - 1It’s not often that you see a local band play to a sell out venue. It’s great to behold even if it triples the time it takes to be served at the bar. It’s also not often that a band starts their set in the middle of the crowd rather than the safe confines of a stage. A normal gig was what I was expecting, but I was surprised. Truly surprised. Donning black hoodies and white facepaint, Portsmouth band The B of the Bang fooled the audience as soon as the stage lights turned up; the crowd heard music, but couldn’t see a band. It took ten seconds to realise that the band had started an acoustic set in the crowd.

After the surprised audience applauded, the band worked there way onto the stage to continue their set. With a sound that encompasses folk into modern rock, The B of the Bangs songs have a sound that you don’t hear often. It’s indie. It’s folk. It’s post rock. It’s hard to put your finger on, but it’s good. I found myself already humming along to some of the tunes they were that catchy. The band even pulled out an accordion during one of the songs and a xylophone in another. Musical diversity like this is a rare thing to behold at a sell out gig.

I found myself already humming along to some of the tunes upon only just hearing them they were that catchy. The B of the Bang’s album ‘Beginning. Middle. End’ is available on CD and download from their website (www.thebofthebang.co.uk). For those of you out there wanting to hear an original act that will be going places, The B of the Bang is the band you are looking for.

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