Rock-n-roll is happening all over the place on the new Hangmen release (featuring ex-Supersucker dude Rontrose Heathman). It’s great because it means the band has nimbly dodged any attempt to pigeonhole them – past, of course, simply calling it rock and roll. There are elements of “straight” rock, punk rock, retro rock, stoner rock. Rock, rock, rock. You could build a mountain out of what’s going on here. The band has a lot of character and a sound both familiar and distinctive. While not pushing the envelope, neither are the Hangmen just playing ditto. For fans of rock-and-fucking-roll with lots of attitude and swagger and lots of musical sensibilities, The Hangmen’s EAST OF WESTERN could provide a decalogue of tunage (ten tracks) for jamming. The band’s sound is radio friendly without being cookie cutter, so listeners aren’t apt to have an instant I’ve-heard-this-before reaction. But it’s not going to alienate them, either. The band hangs between comfortable dynamics rock listeners can click with immediately and a slight edge. The most distinguishing feature is probably the vocalist, whose singing will irritate some but it’s exactly what brings the rudeness to the rock.
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