August 01, 2008
BY JASON SONGE
I read an interview with the lead singer of Bang Camaro, and he said the band takes all the best parts of '80's hair metal and leaves behind the worst. After seeing them open up Lollapalooza at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, I can say that's true.
BC turns out fist-pumping, hard rockin', hook-heavy anthems. The band showcased three guitarists, all of whom could and did, very often, solo at will. So, at any time, one could cover the rhythm line while the other two either mimicked each other or created counter melodies for an awesome, too-much-to-handle effect. Fuck, this show rocked hard. The tunes were sing-along songs, straight from the GNR, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and Quiet Riot playbook.
It gets better. There were eight vocalists onstage. They all harmonized, and I gotta say, it's so much easier to get into a show when eight guys are egging you on instead of one. The chori effect did wonders for audience participating chants like "Yeah," "Ooh," "Aah," and others I can't remember.
What a great way to start--with a balls out rock group. being Lollapalooza, the crowd was more of an indie crowd, so they had to be won over, but they were. I think people wanted to rock out, whether they knew it or not. The irony-free show was refreshing.