Jul 182010

It seems like every week we read about the reunion of one band or another that we had long thought dead, with plans for new recordings, new tours, new hairdo’s. Sometimes, it’s good news. Sometimes, it’s just kinda sad. Sometimes, it’s funny (and sad).

Usually, we refrain from commenting on such developments. But we’re behind on what we had planned for today’s post, so we’re making an exception. To be brutally honest (which is the only kind of honest we know how to be here at NCS), this is filler.

Think of it as a rain delay. Your ticket will still be good tomorrow. But, if you would like a refund because all you’re getting today is filler, please send us a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and we will gladly refund every dime you paid us for the right to access this site.

From a “news” item we saw this morning on Blabbermouth:

“Cadence”, the new studio album from the reunited melodic hard rock band BANGALORE CHOIR, will be released on September 24 via Metal Heaven Records.

It has been 18 years since BANGALORE CHOIR‘s only release, “On Target”, on Giant Records in 1992, which came out on the same day as NIRVANA‘s “Nevermind”. Shortly after, BANGALORE CHOIR disbanded after being released from the label.

Really, we’re not making this up (and there’s more juice like this to come).  So, to start, everyone out there who remembers Bangalore Choir, raise your hands!  (more after the jump, including a video and a palate cleanser, which you will need if you make it to the end of this filler . . .)

Come on, get your hands up higher, cuz we’re having trouble seeing them!

Oh come on, no one remembers Bangalore Choir?  Even with an eye-catching album cover like the one on the right?

Well look, it’s not their fault that you don’t remember them. Who knew Nirvana would release Nevermind on the same day as On Target? Who could compete with that? That’s just some rotten fucking luck.

And what did those cock-sucking label execs know anyway, dropping BC like a steaming turd right after their debut album hit the streets? Just a total lack of vision on their part. They didn’t see the band’s unique look. They couldn’t hear what made the music so strikingly different. They didn’t see the massive money that could be made with advertising tie-ins for hair-care products and treatments for genital herpes.

Wonder what those poor dudes have been doing for the last 18 years?

After several years under the radar on a ranch in Montana, lead vocalist David Reece (ex-ACCEPTDAREFORCE) was contacted by Escape Records in 2007 to see what the chances would be for him to go to Sweden to sing on Swedish band GYPSY ROSE‘s next release. Soon after that David found himself in the studio for the next year recording and writing for the new GYPSY ROSE CD, “Another World”, which was released in June 2008.

Well, that answers that. The lead singer was in Montana. On a ranch. Under the radar. Sometimes you’ve just gotta get under the radar in Montana to avoid the paparazzi and the legions of fans that just want to invade your privacy and interrupt your creative flow.

But it was just a matter of time before a label would come calling. So what if it meant going to Sweden? Sweden might have been just what the doctor ordered. I wonder if it caused Reece to regain his passion for music, after all those years on the ranch.  In Montana.  Under the radar.

While touring and doing the Sweden Rock Festival in June 2007 and opening for AEROSMITH in Europe, Reece regained his passion for music, deciding he wanted to put BANGALORE CHOIR back together. Reece reached out to guitarist Curt Mitchell and bassist Danny Greenberg and asked them if they would like to make a new record. Both of them eagerly accepted the challenge.

Challenges are good. And lord knows, trying to resurrect Bangalore Choir is a challenge. Particularly when you’ve been under the radar for 18 years. But all these dudes didn’t just accept the challenge. They accepted it eagerly.  (It appears that original members John Kirk, Ian Mayo, and Jackie Ramos declined offers to join the band again. Man, are they gonna be sorry.) On with the story:

Commented Reece: “We knew if we were to make a new record that in order for it to be viable we had to keep some of the old formula that worked so well in the past which we have done!”

Uh, what? I think Reece needs to re-think his marketing strategy here. Let’s not forget, the “old formula” was the one that got them dropped by their label shortly after release of the first and only Bangalore Choir album 18 years ago. I would suggest re-writing this part of the press release, as follows:

Commented Reece: “We knew if we were to make a new record that in order for it to be viable we had to bury the old formula in a toxic landfill (preferably in Montana), cover it with 100,000 tons of concrete, and then salt the surrounding landscape with plutonium in order to kill off any life forms that might still be tempted to explore the site, which is just what we have done!”

Reece’s comments in the press release continue as follows:

“The new record by BANGALORE CHOIR is called ‘Cadence’ — continuing with blistering guitars, pounding rhythms and big, hooky choruses.”

So you can hear the blistering guitars, pounding rhythms, and big, hooky choruses, Bangalore Choir made some song samples from the new album available for streaming, and Blabbermouth is kindly featuring them at this location.

What does the new Bangalore Choir sound like? Astonishingly, it sounds very much like the old Bangalore Choir, as if those 18 years had zipped by like 18 minutes.

What, you may ask, does the old Bangalore Choir sound like? As it happens, we can show you, because back in the day, when MTV played actual music videos, and music videos were tamer things than they are today, Bangalore Choir made one for a song called “Your Love is Like A Loaded Gun”.

I’m not sure what that means. It sounds kind of nasty. But the video isn’t nasty. It’s kind of sweet. And, for what it is, the song is better than about 90% of the hair-metal music that was generated by Bangalore Choir’s contemporaries.


Well, for the one or two of you who actually made it this far in the post, you’ll undoubtedly need a palate cleanser. And after that nice, sweet BC music video, let’s start with some visual palate refreshment:


To give credit where credit is due, the same edition of Blabbermouth where we saw the Bangalore Choir blurb also suggested our palate cleanser. It reports that Finnish black-metal band Impaled Nazarene (pictured above) is entering the studio this month to record their 11th album, which will be called Road to the Octagon. It’s scheduled for release in November by Osmose Productions.

It’s been almost 3 years since the last Impaled Nazarene album. We’re ready for a new one. In the meantime, here’s a palate-cleansing song:

Impaled Nazarene: Ghettoblaster

Have a nice fucking day.

  10 Responses to “BANGALORE CHOIR (plus a palate cleanser)”

  1. I don’t really remember the band, but I do remember that album cover. So….

    *raises pinky*

    I had to look up Giant Records to see what they offered. I don’t know, but maybe the label wasn’t quite suited to BC or the band fell through the cracks along the way. It wouldn’t be the first time a band – good, bad or in between – got lost in the everyday business of a label, and if there were any internal conflicts or other issues at the label, BC could’ve been caught in the crossfire.

    Now, I don’t mind some hair metal from time to time, but the band doesn’t really sound like my thing. I don’t know if getting back together is the right thing to do, if they’re doing it for the right reasons or if they’ll be able to make anything of it. If they can make it work, more power to them. But, I hate to say it, I don’t like their odds at this point.

    • Finally, a comment! I was starting to worry I’d driven everyone away with this thing. And on top of that, I’ve been feeling guilty for making fun of them. I just couldn’t help it. One album, released just about the time this kind of music was about to get wiped out by grunge, and then a reunion 18 years later — but for what audience? I think you’re right — not good odds.


    • Now don’t be bashful. What did you really think? 🙂

      • GIve me a spoon so I can scoop my eyes out so I don’t ever have to see it again. And give me earplugs with spikes so I can rupture my eardrums so I don’t ever hear anything like that. EVER. AGAIN.

        • Really, I promise. Cross my heart and hope to be impaled on heated spikes if I’m lyin. I will never, ever, ever do anything like this again. What was I thinking???

          • I will hold you to that. And I will practice the ancient art of impalement used by Vlad the Impaler if you do. Have a great day!

  3. Hair metal. Emphasis on the Hair. I won’t listen to them if my HAIR is in dire need of a shampoo or if my HARE is getting away. Back in the day, HAIR metal made me want to shave my head.

    Anyway…thanks for tha pallete cleanser.

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