TANG - Dynamite Drug Diamond (Album)

When I first saw that TANG had been likened to At The Drive In, I immediately had high expectations for their album, Dynamite Drug Diamond. And I am pleased to say that just a few seconds into their opening track “Highway Encounter”, I can instantly see the similarities. The jittery guitars and spoken vocals merge together and ring true to the angsty, messy, brilliant sound that At The Drive In perfected over the years.
The break in “Run And Run And Die” gives their sound a lot more maturity, the climbing melodic guitar notes work with stuttering vocals to remind me somewhat of Defeater, the way this track continuously builds to flowing background vocals before coming to an abrupt halt with crashing drums impresses me again and boasts a serious attitude which is missed in the first track.

What Tang succeed in doing is bringing together a wide range of sounds, and making them work. The vocal style reminds me heavily of Rage Against The Machine at points, the fire behind the vocalists, Bastien, Xavier andSebastien screams out anger, bad break-ups and sleepless nights, yet they contrast this with strong harmonies and tuneful singing, which are still ringing in my head hours later.

The instrumental on “Eve of Ceasefire Talks” has me hooked and I can’t help but imagine how captivating this would be to hear live.  Despite the jittery style of the group they have points where they all come together smoothly and harmonically to create a wonderful crescendo before ending the track on solo drums. This is a style which continues throughout the album, and while I’ll admit it works, I’ll also admit that I’d like to see something a bit different after six songs.

Wrong Place Wrong Time” is a shining example of how to bring together two different styles to create a catchy tune that will have your head nodding and your feet tapping. “Hellissandur” stands out amazingly, opening with a repetitive guitar tone to create the beat for pleasing, melodic vocals.
Life of Shooting Stars” brings the tone down considerably and again I imagine that this would be brilliantly atmospheric live, the slowed down tone helps the spoken word to stand out over the guitars and drums.
By the end of Dynamite Drug Diamond, I’m surprised that Tang have had three albums and received so little exposure. They make for a brilliant, musically intelligent band that I am aching to have bought to the UK.