TEEN FORTRESS | New album – Learning – released 7 December

A tweet tonight from BANG BANG ECHE –  of just a URL – was all I needed to spike my curiosity. This is the band that along with T54 and the Transistors are the standouts on this years Chart Disc Vol. 4 – New School vs Old School (Indie Guitar Edition) produced by ChristchurchMusic.org.nz.

I wrote about Chart Disc Vol. 4 back in September here.

The link is to a FilterMagazine.com page (Cheers) announcing the upload to Bandcamp today of an album by TEEN FORTRESS Bang Bang Eche’s Zach Doney. This followed tweets earlier in the day from TEEN FORTRESS, you can follow and find out some inside information here twitter.com/teenfortress

You can download the album, Learning (Everything Has To End For Some Reason I Don’t Believe It) at Bandcamp or at the TEEN FORTRESS website.

I’m a great fan of Bang Bang Eche, and this bonus from TEEN FORTRESS has me smirking with good fortune. Cheers to Doney and his excess of energy. I love this kind of noisy carry-on. If you have heard Bang Bang Eche you will be familiar with Doney’s brash, reckless delivery and punkish attitude. Like Bang Bang Eche it is a sound that can verge on chaos but one that is elevated by its youthful swagger and sheer talent.

Teen Fortress – It’s Summertime, Let’s Only Go To Festivals


CHARTDISC Volume 4 (free) Christchurch indie guitar bands.

I was in Real Groovy the other day and picked up CHARTDISC Volume 4 (free). Dedicated to Christchurch indie guitar bands, it has the theme ‘Old School vs New School’, I like the idea but it does rather show that noisy sawing pop guitars really are a youthful thing – that sheer exuberance and fuck-it-all swagger gives way to something all to serious with the ‘Old School’. Chart Disc Vol. 4 Christchurch Indie Guitar Bands (Pic: inkeatsman)

CHARTDISC do a fine job in promoting Christchurch Music, starting with Vol. 1 (April 2009) Indie Bands, Vol. 2 (August 2009) Alt Country and Vol. 3 (May 2010) Downbeat, Chill. These four Volumes make an impressive collection of free music, try not to find something you like!

There are some outstanding gems here on Vol. 4, particularly Julie K by T54, Details from Transistors and Bang Bang Eche’s Fist Full of Dollars – all ‘New School’!

You can pick up a copy at all Christchurch music stores, outside of Christchurch try any Cosmic Corner, Marbecks or Real Groovy.

Outside of New Zealand listen in at chchmusic.bandcamp.com or buy mp3’s from amplifier.co.nz – sales going directly to the artists.

I really have taken to T54, the Transistors and Bang! Bang! Eche, all have songs available at Bandcamp or last.fm for free. They prove themselves among the best noise pop on the planet; so much talent having so much fun. Look at the song lengths (!) for the Transistors’ album Shortwave – available at transistors.bandcamp.com:

1. Pleased to Meet You 01:11
2. Two Shadows 01:47
3. Real Kids 01:55
4. Brand New Suit 01:12
5. What Can I Say? 02:38
6. Static Control 01:26
7. Fickle Hellcat 01:33
8. Caving In 02:07
9. Swings & Roundabouts 01:28
10. Shirty 01:31
11. Set This House in Order 03:32

And T54 (yes, that’s a WWII Russian tank too) have named their ep Need Any Crazy Free Shit​?​?, indeed, thanks! get it here for free t54.bandcamp.com

In an interview with Hayley Koorts at undertheradar.co.nz, Joe Sampson of T54 (guitar) shares his musical likes (really like what he says about Swell Maps and Jah Wobble):

“I’d say Jay Reatard was the one I was most excited about following, but very sadly he’s not making music anymore. There are a heap of good garage surf bands coming outta the States right now, the whole Art Fag scene, Best Coast, she’s incredible. I’ve been listening to a lot of older stuff mostly. Swell Maps are untouchable, their albums are so relentlessly abrasive and so inconceivably beautiful at the same time. The Clean, wow they’re great, really great, indescribably great, still can’t get over it. Neu! and Can for similar more narcotic reasons. Public Image because Jah Wobble rattles the windows in a way I never ever thought possible, those basslines, they’re ah pretty delightful basslines. Chan Marshall, because her music made me a lot better when things were looking pretty bleak. Her first four albums yield endless amounts of inspiration on so many levels, mostly in the simplicity, which is what I like in a big way. As always we have a lot of good indie bands. Magic Eye, Transistors, Nevernudes, Catholic Guilt, Sandfly Bay, Onanon… too many to list.”

Every interview or quote I read regarding Bang! Bang! Eche! seems to be with their tongue firmly in cheek, I don’t know what to believe!, I have a feeling they like a wind-up as much as making noise – this can be seen by the song titles on their ep: Fingers In The Till; Time Mismanagement; Beat up the Children; You’re a Jerk – you can download for free at last.fm/music/Bang!+Bang!+Eche!

The chorus for the rollicking Nikee goes, “…rip it up, mess it up, fuck it up, noise! noise! noise!…” Brilliant!

Cheers you lot.