Crooked Bangs Plays Tuesday Night at The Palm Door
Once again, your friendly neighborhood Austin Music Minute maven is a smitten kitten. Major kudos to Crooked Bangs for their awesome self-titled album, produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Heartless Bastards, And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead).
Initially, it was a description by a reviewer that got my attention, referring to the Austin-based trio as “spooky punks.” And I admit that a band that lists inspirations like Georges Méliès and the distractedly random “werewolves on wheels” will draw me in even more. There’s a broad mix of influences in the mix, ranging from rock to pop, punk, fuzz, surf – and no shortage of power chords. At the same time, there’s a simplicity that drives the music, a kind of restraint in the delivery that keeps it sharp.
Bassist and vocalist Leda has been described as “Siouxsie Sioux by way of Etta James,” crooning in both English and French. And at the band’s shows, even though the majority of their audience may not understand French, they’re still singing along at top volume. (Hopefully, you can see why this sort of thing redefines what “awesome” means to me.)
Make plans to see Crooked Bangs play tomorrow night at The Palm Door, 401 Sabine St. They’re the featured artist this week for the Austin Chronicle‘s Paper Cuts music series. Doors open at 7 p.m. Make sure that you RSVP to get in. Recommended good times.