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Premiere: Bang Gang – Sabazios O (TRPTYCH Remix)

By Will Oliver, August 3rd 2016

Bang Gang - Sabazios O (TRPTYCH Remix)

Icelandic producer Bardi Johannsson who works under the moniker Bang Gang, creates chilly mesmerizing electronic music with an atmosphere. He’s no stranger to these parts.

Last year they released the rather underrated album The Wolves Are Whispering, which included the emotive track “Sabazios O,”, which featured a Sigur Ros-like emotional grip with a ton of power.

Today I have the honor of premiering a special remix of the track from an Icelandic duo named TRPTYCH. The techno group offered their long-time expertise on the dance/techno scene to offer of an analogue dance take on the song that strips it of its elements, creating something new while also maintaining the spirit of the original.

When asked about the remix, Bardi was taken by how his vocals “sound like I just ate a computer or maybe got eaten by a computer on a nice bass and beat.” Who knows, maybe the great Nicolas Winding Refn may use this in his next picture as Ryan Gosling is hitting the road, or another human.

Stream the club ready remix below.
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Bang Gang – ‘The Wolves Are Whispering’

By Will Oliver, June 26th 2015

Bang Gang

This week Bardi Johannsson has returned with a brand new album under his Bang Gang moniker, an atmospheric electronic wonder titled The Wolves Are Whispering. While many other albums have been overhyped this summer, not many pack as many instant hooks and delights as Johannsoon does on his new LP. It may be an album better suited for late night listening during a cold winter night, but it’s magic is still plenty welcome in the summer.
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[music video]: Bang Gang – “Out Of Horizon”

By Will Oliver, April 13th 2015

Bang Gang

Bang Gang is the project of Icelandic musician Bardi Johannsson, who you may know as one half of the electro-pop duo Starwalker (along with Jean-Benoît Dunckel of Air). On June 9 he’ll release his new album The Wolves Are Whispering, his first in seven years.

He’s already shared the chilly first single “Out Of Horizon,” and last Friday he released its official music video, a haunting visual journey which was wonderfully directed by Luis Vanegas.

Enjoy the video below.
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Bang Gang – “Out Of Horizon”

By Will Oliver, February 25th 2015 — with 1 comment

Bang Gang

After spending some time making music with Starwalker along with Jean-Benoît Dunckel of Air, Icelandic musician Bardi Johannsson is returned with new music plans for his main project, Bang Gang.

He’ll release their new album this spring, and based on the album’s first single “Out Of Horizon,” it’s looking good. It’s an icy track, full of chilly moments of pop bliss, perfect for this winter daze we seem eternally stuck in.

Stream it below and keep an eye out for more news on the upcoming album.
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Bang Gang – World Is Gray

By Will Oliver, May 20th 2009

What is it about Iceland that allows their natives to make such beautiful music? It seems like every artist that comes from Iceland makes some of the nicest music around today. Bang Gang is another artist who has proved this true. It is the project of Barði Jóhannsson.

Although I have just discovered Bang Gang, they are no rookies. Bang Gang has been around since 1998, with three albums released over that span. He hasn’t yet gotten the attention he deserves over here, but lets hope that in time people will come around to him.

I want to share with you a track of his latest album. The song is called “World Is Gray”, and it is a wounderful piece showcasing Barði’s stunning vocals, and ability to craft a song.

[mp3] : Bang Gang – World Is Gray

Guest Blogger: Cassette Culture

By Will Oliver, November 6th 2008

Tom from the wonderful blog Cassette Culture was kind enough to take some time to write a guest post for us here at WAWSTSF. He even allowed me to return the favor. Here is his post, one quite dedicated to van she technologic. Dive in and enjoy!!

Van She Technologic: Remixes of the Finest Quality

All Van She seem to be doing these days is sit in a butter factory somewhere churning out remixes. There’s tons of the stuff and crucially, the quality ain’t slipping. A Van She Tech remix is perhaps defined by how different it is from the original. Too many remixers these days arn’t really doing enough to the tracks loitering on their PCs. You get the feeling Van She have a proper good pop at it. Within the tracks themselves they keep things dynamic, mashing up the pace so you’re never bored. On top of this, I’d say about half of the Van She Tech mixes I’ve heard have come from an artist previously unknown to me. Its refreshing to hear – I’m getting a bit fed up of ‘Kids’ remixes to be honest. So here they are, in my opinion, four of the best:

[MP3] : Lost Valentinos – CCTV (Bang Gang vs. Van She Tech remix)
[MP3] : New Young Pony Club – Ice Cream (Van She Tech remix)
[MP3] : Sneaky Sound System – UFO (Van She Tech remix)
[MP3] : Teenager – Alone Again (Van She Tech remix)

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2010

By Will Oliver, December 24th 2010 — with 37 comments

Here we are, hours away from Christmas, and I am finally delivering you my best songs of 2010. I guess it can be considered my Christmas gift to all you guys. I heard more music in 2010 than ever before. It was hard to narrow it down, but these were the 100 songs that I thought were truly the best in my mind.

There’s not too much to say, other than I hope you discover something new here. If your a die hard reader, there shouldn’t be any surprises. If you can leave this list with one or two new songs that you enjoy, then I did my job.

Here are my favorite songs from the year that was, 2010:

100. Tamaryn – Love Fade
99. Ravens & Chimes – Division St.
98. The Chord And The Fawn – Love, Sex, And Rock ‘n Roll
97. Blake Mills – Hiroshima
96. The Bewitched Hands – Sea
95. Avi Buffalo – What’s In It For?
94. Gauntlet Hair – I Was Thinking…
93. The Tallest Man On Earth – King Of Spain
92. Wolf Parade – What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had To Go This Way)
91. Vermilion Club – Odd
90. Corte Real – Bastards
88. Sports – To Catch A Thief
88. Old Smile – Swept Up With The Tide
87. Lissie – Record Collector
86. Hey Marseilles- Rio
85. The Coral – 1000 Years
84. Caribou – Odessa
83. Sleigh Bells – Rill Rill
82. Interpol – Barricade
81. The Soft Pack – Mexico
80. Korallreven – Loved Up
79. Young The Giant – My Body
78. Tame Impala – Solitude Is Bliss
77. Glass Vaults – Forget Me Not
76. Tanlines – Real Life
75. Seapony – Dreaming
74. Indian Rebound – Sitges
73. Crystal Castles – Not In Love (Feat. Robert Smith)
72. Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
71. All The Damn Kids – Echoes
70. Faded Paper Figures – Invent It All Again
69. Pantha Du Prince – Stick To My Side (Feat. Panda Bear)
68. Glasser – Apply
67. Great Lakes – Ghost Brother
66. Male Bonding – Weird Feelings
65. Broken Bells – The Mall & Misery
64. Panda Bear – Alsatian Darn
63. Gobble Gobble – Lawn Knives
62. Wild Nothing – Chinatown
61. Wavves – Green Eyes
60. Stepdad – My Leather, My Fur, My Nails
59. Spoon – Out Go The Lights
58. The Pass – Treatment Of The Sun
57. The Drums – Down By The Water
56. Belle And Sebastian – I Want The World To Stop
55. Arctic Monkeys – The Afternoon’s Hat
54. Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks
53. Delta Spirit – Bushwick Blues
52. The Gaslight Anthem – Stay Lucky
51. The Head and The Heart – Sounds Like Hallelujah
50. Free Energy – Bang Pop
49. Magic Kids – Candy
48. Tapes ‘n Tapes – Freak Out
47. Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
46. Cults – Go Outside
45. Delorean – Grow
44. Hot Chip – One Life Stand
43. Donovan Woods – Lawren Harris
42. Miles Kane – Come Closer
41. Yellow Ostrich – WHALE
40. Larsen B – Marilyn
39. Stornoway – Zorbing
38. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round And Round
37. Beach Fossils – Daydream
36. Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand
35. Foals – Spanish Sahara
34. MGMT – Siberian Breaks
33. Young Empires – Rain Of Gold
32. Little Comets – Joanna
31. Tennis – Marathon
30. Surfer Blood – Floating Vibes
29. Summer Fiction – Chandeliers
28. Yeasayer – O.N.E.
27. The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire
26. Wolf Gang – Lions In Cages
25. The Tins – Green Room
24. Ra Ra Riot – Boy
23. Big Boi – Shutterbugg (Feat. Cutty)
22. Smith Westerns – Weekend
21. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Sink/Let It Sway
20. The Vaccines- If You Wanna
19. Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
18. Deerhunter – Helicopter
17. The National – Conversation 16
16. Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
15. Chief – Night & Day
14. Beach House – 10 Mile Stereo
13. Cee-Lo Green – Fuck You
12. Deerhunter – Desire Lines
11. LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change
10. Vampire Weekend – Giving Up The Gun
9. Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill
8. Cut Copy – Take Me Over
7. The Walkmen – Blue As Your Blood
6. Young Galaxy – Peripheral Visionaries
5. Sufjan Stevens – Futile Devices
4. Summer Fiction – Throw Your Arms Around Me
3. Kanye West – Runaway (Feat. Pusha T)
2. The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
1. The Morning Benders – Excuses

Hot Chip At Terminal 5, April 24th

By Will Oliver, April 24th 2010 — with 4 comments

Last night I got my first pretty big press pass for a show. I have gotten some invites to free shows through my blog, but last night was the first “big” one. EMI hooked me up with a photo pass for Hot Chips show at Terminal 5 last night. The photo pass allowed me to take photos right near the stage for the first three songs. It was a surreal experience. No matter how I look at this blog, it is nuts that it has become something that allows me to take photos alongside photographers who are working for legit publications.

I came a little late for Gang Gang Dance but I saw enough of their set to get a good idea about how they sounded that night. I saw them open for Battles at a free summerstage show back in 2008, and was rather bored. However, this time they had a full band and sounded a lot better. They are supposed to release a new album this year. If any of the songs they played are on that new one, it should be good.

Hot Chip came out starting with a bang with a strong three song opener of “Hand Me Down Your Love, One Pure Thought, and Thieves In The Night. They slowed things down with “Brothers” before erupting with “One Life Stand” and “Over and Over”, both of which got the crowd dancing and singing-along.

This was my 2nd time this year seeing Hot Chip, and it was just as fun as before. Each band member is full of energy dancing along to the music, having fun. The set closed with an amazing run of Boy From School, Take It In, We Have Love, and Hold On. The crowd was having a blast singing and dancing, without a care.

Hot Chip came out with a fun encore that started with their cover of Shakira’s “She Wolf”, which brought smiles from all the women in the crowd. They ran through a epic run of “I Feel Better” before finishing with the always timely “Ready For The Floor”. Everyone in the crowd completely lost it, letting loose on the floor.

The crowd was full of fans young and old. Drunk and high…maybe even rolling. The point was, everyone was there to have fun, singing and dancing their hearts out. I’d go see Hot Chip any day of the week.

Here is the set (I think it is right?):

Hand Me Down Your Love
One Pure Thought
Thieves in the Night
One Life Stand
Over and Over
Alley Cats
And I Was a Boy From School
Take It In
We Have Love
Hold On
She Wolf – Shakira Cover
I Feel Better
No Fit State
Ready for the Floor

Here are the photos I took last night. I am really proud with how well they came out:

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