Bang Gang

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Bang Gang
OriginReykjavík, Iceland
GenresFolk, Trip hop, Indie pop, Electronic, Downtempo, Shoegaze
Years active1996–present
LabelsSproti
Bang ehf
EMI
Cod Music
From Nowhere Records
Discograph
Associated actsLady and Bird
Singapore Sling
MembersBarði Jóhannsson
Past membersHenrik Baldvin Björnsson
Esther Talia Casey

Bang Gang is a downtempo band from Iceland founded by songwriter and producer Barði Jóhannsson (see also Lady & Bird). The band was formed in 1996, in Barði’s hometown of Reykjavík. Bang Gang were initially a surf band but it moved into melodic pop.[1]

While Barði has worked with a number of vocalists and musicians, he remains the only constant member. The band's second album Something Wrong followed in 2003 and their acclaimed Ghosts From The Past was released on Discograph in 2008. The most recent album The Wolves Are Whispering has been described by journalists as "Atmospheric Ghost Pop" and has a sound that is unique.

The band is recognized for its blend of songwriting, electronica and glacial atmospheres.[2] The band has toured the world playing festivals like Iceland Airwaves, Cannes Film festival, Novosonic, For Noise, Montreaux Jazz Festival, CMJ and SXSW and a number of independent shows at venues such as Salle Pleyel, Gramercy theater, Getty Center and more across Europe and North America.

Albums[edit]

You (1998)[edit]

When Henrik Baldvin Björnsson left Bang Gang, Barði and Esther Talia Casey continued working together under the Bang Gang name. Their first song was used on the soundtrack of Icelandic movie Blossi 810551. Their second, "Sleep", was recorded for a compilation released by Sproti Records and was used for a Citroen campaign.

The single "Sleep" was released in 1998 and featured a video by director Ragnar Bragason. Followed by another single and video for the song "So Alone".

Their first album, You, was released in Iceland in 1998. The band signed a deal with East-West France, who released You in 2000. The French version featured remixes by French musician Kid Loco.

Something Wrong (2003)[edit]

Something Wrong was the follow up to 2000’s You. The album was released in 2003 as a follow up on 2002’s untitled EP. It features Bang Gang's distinctive mix of atmospheric songwriting and haunting electronica and features vocal performances from Nicolette, Phoebe Tolmer, Esther, GusGus vocalist Daniel Agust Haraldsson and long-term collaborator Keren Ann.[3]

Various songs from Something Wrong were used for TV, film and other media. For example, the song "Follow" was used in Fox TV show The O.C.; "Inside" was used for an Emporio Armani advertisement and was featured in the movie Cashback and the trailer for the film Triage; and "Find What You Get" has been used in commercials for the car Lancia Musa.

Ghosts from the Past (2008)[edit]

Ghosts from the Past was Bang Gang’s third album. The album features vocalists and co-writers Keren Ann and Anthony Gonzales (M83). The album features pop rock singles "I Know You Sleep", "Don't Feel Ashamed" and included an opera singer on the title track. The song "Lost in Wonderland" was used for the Oscar season trailer at Sky Movies.

The Wolves Are Whispering (2015)[edit]

The Wolves Are Whispering is the fourth studio album of Bang Gang. This expansive, cinematic and hugely personal collection of songs represents some of Bardi Johannsson’s finest work to date and runs the gamut of human emotion - here you will hear Bardi’s darkest lyrics, but also his most heartwarming. More than just another pop album, The Wolves Are Whispering presents compelling sonic snapshots of real life, with all of the mystery and colour that that entails. The album has been described as : Atmospheric Ghost Pop.

The record features the talents of guest writers and vocalists Keren Ann, Helen Marnie (Ladytron), Bloodgroup and Jofridur Akadottir (Samaris, Pascal Pinon)

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grunebaum, Dan. "Bang Gang | Metropolis Magazine". Metropolis Magazine. Archived from the original on December 15, 2006. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Bang Gang". Spin.com. May 7, 2007. Archived from the original on 6 February 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Bang Gang: Something Wrong - From Nowhere". April 23, 2007. Archived from the original on May 18, 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2018.

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