The success of bands such as the Hives and the Vines has caused pundits to proclaim that "rock is back." Well, anyone who's climbed aboard for a thrill-ride guided by this leaping, lurching trio can attest that it never really went away in the first place. This seven-song EP follows the basic pattern the Bangs have been tracing over the past several years -- an op-art splatter of Ramones-ish riffs and whip-smart tales of modern life, warts and all. Newly appropriated drummer Peter Connelly lends a more consistently propulsive feel to the proceedings -- all the better to enhance the double-barreled vocal attack of Maggie Vail and Sarah Utter, who trade off snarls and sweet nothings about everything from heartbreak (on the spiraling "Get Over You") to catcalling bozos on the street. There's an uncommon ferocity in songs like "New Scars" and "Dirty Knives," but the Bangs never let that mood fester into an ugly disposition. Consider this a clarion call, not a mere primal scream.
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