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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Premiere: Listen to Bonnie and The Bang Bang's New Album, Distance

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 9:33 AM

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With their third album, Distance, the Oakland quintet Bonnie and The Bang Bang have finally nailed down their sound. "The two previous albums were created when we were in our gestation period," explains guitarist Joe Warren. "With this album, we've been born and now sound like the band we want to be."

A mixture of post-emo and indie alt-rock ("that sounds like it wants to have happened 15 years ago"), Distance is chock-full of heavy-hitting guitar riffs and melodies that are so precise, you'd almost think there was a mathematical formula behind them. Compared to the previous albums, Ode To Darkness and The Dark Dream, the new album is less swampy and acoustic, with a more streamlined, produced feel to it. Plus, adds Warren, "everyone is light years better than when we started." 
The band — comprised of Warren, Patrick James Stiles, Jake Dineen, Robby Cronholm, and Michael Pettett — formed by chance about seven years ago. "We just kind of assembled the people to make a band," Warren says, "and stuck to it." They all quit their jobs and set out on the road to see how'd they do as a "touring working class band," but it inevitably didn't work out. The musicians returned to the East Bay, got jobs, and started raising funds to produce their next album. 

Since the release of their last album,The Dark Dream, the band has "gone through a lot and hit a lot of stumbling blocks," Warren says. For instance, they lost their drummer for a while (he eventually returned), which made working on the next album and finding a replacement difficult. 

But in the end, it all worked out, and the band has their new, six-track album to show for it. "We stuck through it," says Warren. "We could have given up, but we didn't."

Bonnie And The Bang Bang play at 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at Bottom Of The Hill. $14. More info here

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