BEST FRIENDS IN LOVE
Last Gang Records
Coming out of Texas is the duo Bang Lime, Joules Scott-Key on drums and Joshua Winstead playing guitar and providing vocals.
This is a band which blends a number of styles, all basically different shades of rock. Overall, there is a feel that reflects back to the 1960s, heard clearly on cuts such as The Death of Death.
Interestingly, when you add modern punk attitudes to '60's styling, it works rather effectively. It probably comes from the fact that in both eras the music was focused on expanding what was already there, so it fits as it comes together.
The Best of Friends is interesting because of the combination stylings, although it may not be the most memorable CD you hear this year. It's solid enough, and for people nostalgic for the 60s wanting to see a modern twist, it's intriguing, but the music is probably not going to last long term. Of course in an era where we are used to a hit single lasting three weeks, that is not unusual.
Vocally, Winstead is once again solid, if not uniquely outstanding, and he carries the works here well.
The pair do write all their own material, which is rather cool given they have the 60s feel down so well, and yet are smart enough to twist in punk and modern rock elements too.
Check them out at www.banglime.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper May 14, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada