Reviews

  • “With each passing of time comes a slight but significant changing of social order. The way we perceive ourselves, our peers, and what is expected of us in terms of how we live our lives slightly loosens, giving us a marginally freer rein to just be who we want to be. That is, up until we are pulled back in under the rules and regulations of our governments and long-standing opinions of outdated practices that (if not followed exactly by the book) will presumably send society into a crumbling mess. For many many years we have been using the art of music as escapism, as protest, as a medium to defy what is to be considered “the norm” and reach out to the individuals, the misfits, the creative types; but most of all, to let loose, and just have fun. Rip-roaring straight out of Dallas, Texas are Scary Cherry And The Bang Bangs, a formidable female-fronted five-piece who describe themselves as “the glitter punk love child of Alice Cooper and Joan Jett”. Scary Cherry and her fabulous band of musicians (Minx the Jinx, Alan Mallets, NovaCraig, Robadala) have all the fire and fun of ’70s-inspired glam rockers, the ferocity of female-led riot grrrl punk rock and the get-down-and-dirty hard rock for head-banging that makes Scary Cherry And The Bang Bangs appealing to an all-encompassing audience. ‘Don’t Wanna’ is a terrifying, in-your-face, bold, brash fast-paced track that roars and startles in a way that makes you feel like you’ve just surfaced for air after having had your head plunged into cold water. Scary Cherry screams, sings and “oooohs” in a fierce, seductive, rebellious way that will have teenage girls wanting to be her and grown men reduced to nervous, swoony wrecks. ‘Don’t Wanna’ is an outrageous track that will not stay silent, stay still or be restrained. It crashes and cries out with its jugging guitars and explosive drum beats in a cool, uncoordinated fashion, providing just over two and half minutes of energy and noise that pulls you in, keeps you hooked, kicks ass and has you crying out for more.”
    Karla Harris
    http://www.chartburst.com/news/scary-cherry-and-the-bang-bangs-rock

  • “You want to party?  I said, DO YOU WANT TO PARTY?  Do you want to rock?  Yes, YOU!  DO YOU WANT TO ROCK?! Want to headbang? Hit the mosh pit? Hook up with a hot and sexy glitter punk?  Well, then, you are in the right place. Let’s give it up for, BANG, Tony Coke thrashing your passion on lead guitar, singing harmony and occasionally spanking the bass;  BANG, Minx The Jinx playing a little axe, mostly grabbing the bottom, smoking the keys and jukin’ the uke; and, of course none other than the voice and twisted mind of the band, that unsettling sensuous wench, Scary Cherry.  Let’s hear it for these hard rock pop punks.  Here they are, Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs with their debut album, GIRL!
    Damn, this band is fun.  There is a primal attraction to every track on GIRL.  According to Scary, the entire album “is a raw, sometimes disturbing, but ultimately empowering journey through the eyes and life of a girl.”  There is an edge to the music and it has “in your face” primacy.  It mixes 70’s glitter rock with 90’s punk and classic hard rock and adds one other element, an intoxicating sensuality that makes you fall in love with it even when Scary is cursing you out.
    This is Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs’ first full length album.  The Dallas, Texas-based trio has one prior, rather obscure, EP aptly and unimaginatively titled Limited Edition 5 Song EP.  The band has been touring for quite a while – over six years –  but I dare say the twelve track GIRL is the first time the uncomfortable attraction to Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs, and their music, can be felt outside of a live show.
    Loyal followers of the band call themselves “glitter punks.” Listen to GIRL and you are certain to understand why.  The entire package is alluring.   The music and the band are captivating and slightly terrifying. . . and yet, somehow exude a raw sexuality.  If you’ve never heard glitter punk I suggest you listen to GIRL in order to pop your Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs’ virginity.”
  • – Old School
    http://ripplemusic.blogspot.com/2014/08/scary-cherry-and-bang-bangs-girl.html

  • “Apologies due on this one, I’ll admit we’ve been having so much fun with it that we actually forgot to scribble up a review thus far. Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs – name familiar – ought to be because we mentioned this lot to much admiration pouring affection and love on a quite kooky cut we featured way back in our Halloween special by the name of ‘cut off your head’ – in short a wildly goofy cute slab of evil Shirley Temple-isms impishly cooking up disturbing deeds to a sepia cooled backdrop of a 30’s styled monochrome vintage replete with kazoo’s and devilishly crackled to sound like it was pressed on old school slabs of 78rpm shellac. Those thinking one trick ponies, think again. For now arrives your full on belching and bawling twisted tantrum howling horror phonic rock-a-rama in the guise of the speaker kicking 12 track assault that is ‘girl’. a concept album of sorts impishly peeled from the as were playfully evil point of view of a little girl all studded and tattooed into a frantic and frenetic punked out party pack. Between these grooves oozes sleaze, seduction and savagery – often on the same track (as on the ferociously feral pout of ‘don’t wanna’) all prime packed a bleached in an ear candy shredding paint bombing action painting of glam, metal, punk, power pop (the surging prodding purr of the rupturing harmony honeyed ‘face’) and 50’s bubblegum pop shadings. Reference wise elements of L7, Babes in Toyland and even Hole lurk with ill intent running wild in pack formations alongside the Runaways (notably the sexually purring ’Girl’ acutely cooed in a smoking cool swagger that bites), Scarling and Zombina and the Skeletones. Mixing seduction with scare theatre, it’d be trite to dismiss them as Rocky Horrors outcasts for these glammed out horror punks swim and snarl in the kind of dark sleaze fest that was once the sole lair of the black halos. Between the floor thumping Quatro licks of ‘glitter’ and the shadowy psychosis of the subtly glittered psych of ‘crazy Jane’ these dandies belch scar leaving riffs that bite whilst boasting more hooks than a butchers deep freeze. Of course the aforementioned infectiously crooked ‘cut off your head’ leers patiently waiting to play sitting alongside the teen-generate scowl of ‘STFU’ – which in case you were wondering is txt retort for ‘shut the fuck up’ while the rabidly excitable ‘Anita 69’ is just an all out arse kicking shakedown that’s only put in the shade by the candy kissed cranium caning panic attacking‘tracked down’ which arrives all acutely psychotically adorned to sound as though its been cooked up on a back burner left to simmer in the recesses of Tim Burton’s fractured macabre mind.”
  • The Sunday Experience
    http://marklosingtoday.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/scary-cherry-and-the-bang-bangs-2/

  • “It’s Friday and it’s time to rock your weekend. Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs are playing the kind of rock , I grew up on (70’s) . It is not watered down typical stuff you hear every day. It is , to me Joan Jett inspired fueled by a little tougher sound, and that is never a bad thing. There are enough new elements thrown in for fun , like the ghost cat, Gurgles and the entire ” I Cut Off Your Head” song. One thing I know for sure, if you like good old Rock N Roll, Scary Cherry and The Bang Bangs may just be the Band you have been looking for. Very cool, powerful rock, guitar driven and backed by a voice that knows what rock n roll is….”
  • – 50thirdand3rd
    http://50thirdand3rd.com/the-glitter-punk-love-child-of-alice-cooper-joan-jett-meet-scary-cherry-and-the-bang-bangs

  • “Just in time for Halloween, glam-punks Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs are back with a perfectly creepy and amazing single “Cut Off Your Head.” Recalling Sheri Moon Zombie’s malevolent Betty Boop routine in House of 1000 Corpses, Scary Cherry is pure malice and nostalgic fun on lead vox in “Cut Off Your Head.” So, how does one describe the three-headed party monster that is Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs? With sonic and artistic nods to 70′s glitter rock coupled with a snotty punk rawness, Scary Cherry’s debut LPGIRL is an assured, addled, four-on-the-floor joyride. Composed of Scary Cherry (Lead Vox), Tony Coke (Lead Guitar), and Minx the Jinx (Guitar, Bass, Keys), Scary Cherry combines riot grrrl ethos with the pop smarts of The Runaways for a sound that salutes the past while paving its own hard rock path. From the spoken word album opener of Scary in the recording studio, GIRL is a raw, sometimes disturbing, but ultimately empowering journey through the eyes and life of a girl. The album is a glitter roller coaster, twisting and turning, coursing through a gamut of emotions with no exit until the last disturbing notes of a creepy piano and strings fade away.”
  • HellHound Music
    http://www.hellhoundmusic.com/scary-cherry-and-the-bang-bangs-release-new-single-and-video-cut-of-your-head/

  • “Utterly adored here since arriving in our mail box less than an hour ago, alas we’ll admit that the press release kind of wrote the review for us giving us scant room to manoeuvre that said there’s an album kicking around entitled ‘girl’ which we’ll busy ourselves making polite requests for. While we are doing that you lot can get your ears around the delightfully impish and a tad worrying ‘cut your head off’ from glitter punksters Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs. A freakish sepia doodled slice of old time murder mirth clipped on cutesy cute 40’s styled lollipop lilting butter wouldn’t melt kookyness which as the press release rightly notes sounds like a wired and sinister psychotic Betty Boop or an axe wielding Shirley Temple replete with screwball banjos and crooked kazoos all scratched indelibly for maximum yesteryear authenticity onto shellac. How cool is that.”
  • God Is In The TV
    http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/2013/10/31/tales-from-the-attic-volume-xvi-revolutions-of-a-33-and-45-kind/

  • “…Who wants to fuck?!…They banged SouthSide …Texan glitter glam/punk rock style!
    Don’t worry they didn’t bruise her too bad …but they did get her on stage to sing?! More about that part in a minute…
    What a wild and crazy Saturday night deep within the heart of Wrigleyville rockin’ Underground Lounge with Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs, blogspot readers! This band traveling from Dallas, Texas made their only Chicago stop on their Get Banged tour both fun and memorial for all. They introduced this local reviewer to Texan glitter glam/punk rock while she introduced the band, Tweetie the tour manager and guests to Chicago-style deep dish pizza after the show at Beggar’s Pizza. Plus she also met Wolfie’s (aka Debbie) family who found Chicago’s expressways confusing but liked how downtown is not only a business district but a livable area to play, entertain and shop. SouthSide highly recommends checking out the fun interview she did with Scary Cherry and Jinx the Minx – http://southsideonthetown.blogspot.com/2013/09/one-on-one-with-scary-cherry-bang-bangs.html.

    Despite being the only band scheduled to perform, Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs turned their debut into a full length rock concert featuring all of the glitz and glam this tiny underground venue could possibly handle, blogspot readers. Upon entering, those who attended the show received a “Hello, my name is” name tag to wear as well as two signs – one reading FUCK and the other a Scary Cherry head. Both to be used throughout their set. Next, be prepared to get banged whether you’re in audience watching and/or being volunteered to be part of the show. SouthSide received the opportunity of being both. Funny thing is – she hadn’t sung in front of people in years!

    Anyway …kicking off their show with Don’t Wanna (track 1 off Girl) and Tonight, this band wasted no time blasting the ears with such powerful female vocals amidst furiously fast punk sound. This reviewer enjoyed how Leslie (aka Scary Cherry) had the voice of two female vocalists from the 80s – the raw rock tone of Joan Jett and the heartfelt voice of Pat Benetar to which she was able to put either heated spite and/or frustration into the lyrics throughout the performance. As Scary Cherry, she was a fireball of energy, blogspot readers, personifying that Girl in each song. She was that Girl who wants to kick your ass or fuck you and/or a little of both while working not only the stage but also the bar. Yes, this vocalist was the first (to SouthSide’s knowledge) to stand as well as dance on the Underground Lounge’s bar counter. Wolfie as Scary Cherry’s partner in crime added her own badass attitude moments on stage whether she’s doing backing vocal harmonies or exciting the audience with her exuberant energy. Together, these gals showed off some true girl power amongst the band of rockin’ male musicians.

    Speaking of the males of Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs …yeah, Jinx the Minx, Tony Coke, Alan and Andrew – these guys banged hard and loud, blogspot readers. Performing other songs like Glitter track 3), Tracked Down (track 11) and Anita 69 (track 10), the guys brought out the ferocious intensity of Scary Cherry’s glitter glam sound. Then again, ferocious may not be the right word to describe it. Let’s try – explosively hardcore (and sometimes unexpected) to the point you will feel the energy to get banged with other people in the audience i.e. moshing and slam dancing. Yet that’s the true beauty of attending a show like this, blogspot readers. The more the intensity this band produced the more explosive they become. And you simply don’t watch it either …you are part of it along with the band. Even the band gets into the act of slam dancing while performing the roller derby anthem – Slaughter. Now, what’s this …about SouthSide singing with band she hinted earlier in this review. Well …somewhere in the YouTube universe there’s probably a video or two as well as photos on the net of this local reviewer singing on stage with Scary Cherry and Wolfie during the song Cherry Bomb. To be honest, she may have sounded off key but who cares?! She was having too much fun dancing and singing with the band on stage.

    However the fun didn’t stop after the show was over, blogspot readers. Since she had no other plans and nothing else to do, Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs got a chance to witness and experience part of the midnight hour nightlife in Wrigleyville. While loading their bus (one of those mini buses/vans that are used as transportation for senior centers), the bar hopper crowd was out and about up and down Clark Street checking out the band …trying on the Scary Cherry head and snapping photos with the band before enjoying a late night meal at Beggar’s Pizza for deep dish pizza! Now that they had tried our local delicacy, Scary wants to try ribs next. Sadly, the band had to catch some Zzz’s before heading back on the road for points eastward in Detroit and New York (currently they are in New York performing random shows during CMJ, blogspot readers). SouthSide hopes they return to Chicago again with a longer stay for pizza, ribs and Texas BBQ.

    Getting banged with Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs is a must, blogspot readers. SouthSide highly recommends picking up their CD – Girl and try other songs like S.T.F.U. (track 7) and The Secret, Frankie? (track 9) …just for fun. For more information and where to get yourself banged with the band, visit http://www.scarycherry.com.”
    – SouthSide On The Town
    http://southsideonthetown.blogspot.com/2013/10/12-oct-13-scary-cherry-bang-bangs.html?m=1

  • “Lezlie (976-EVIL) Deane’s glam-punk band returns with another entertaining track hitting a fair share of exploitation staples in a vibrant,
    T.Rex style.” – Daily Grind House (GIRL video)
  • http://dailygrindhouse.com/thewire/grindhouse-grooves-the-latest-in-psychotronic-music-videos-5/

  • “976-EVIL and FREDDY’S DEAD star Lezlie Deane is the front woman for this Dallas-based punk band, but even if she weren’t, it’d still be a catchy, butt-kicking production.” – Daily Grind House (Don’t Wanna video)
  • http://dailygrindhouse.com/thewire/grindhouse-grooves-the-latest-in-psychotronic-music-videos-4/

  • “There’s nothing better than hot nerds who can kick your ass.. sometimes kicking ass
    is the best revenge..”
    Jeremy Martin, Dallas Observer
  • “They’re in your face; they’re loud, a little odd and could probably kill you.”
    Grant V. Ziegler, News-Register
  • “Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs are banging their own drum, twisted and spicy.
    A hard rock sound with a dash of sweetness, sex and a whole lotta thrust!”
    JAM Magazine
  • “My favorite act of the night was Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs. They were amazing. They were punk rock alive and well and with a pulse approaching a heart attack. They were sexy and ugly at the same time. They were in your face. They covered the Iggy Pop with perfect channeling of the essence of this Punk rock god. I am now a totally sold out fan for these 21st century punk rock gods. Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs have enough of the style of GG Allen to be amazing, but not so much that you have to worry about leaving the show smeared in shit. The energy of this band was impossible to match, and they probably prevented me from being as fully converted to One Eyed Doll as I could have been. One Eyed Doll followed Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs, which unfortunately for them, is an incredibly hard act to follow. I want to see Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs over and over and over and over again.”
    – Don Recuero, Metroplexian
  • “Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs is a band with an unforgettable name, an addictive sound and a heart pounding live performance. For those of you who have been asking yourselves what’s next for music, pay attention to this band.”
    Barb Holliday, Examiner
  • “You guys played it left hand and brought the rock and roll ecstacy…cant wait to see another show!”
    -Mike Graff, Course of Empire
  • “Best show Ive seen in years! Keep it up…”
    Bryan Wakeland, Polyphonic Spree
  • “YOU GUYS FUCKIN WAIL!”
    – Renee Benson, ENVY Magazine