TVD Premiere: Bangups, “Imposter”

“Lyrically, ‘Imposter’ is about a pop star that used to annoy me. The music and melody are a combination of ‘Song 2’ by Blur and a standard song by The Hives. If we could pick one song off of this album to share with people, it would be ‘Imposter.’”
Joey Dornbos

Michigan may not be the birthplace of killer two person rock bands, but its White Stripes certainly were a standard-bearer for the configuration.

Add to the list of rockin’ duos from the Wolverine State the Bangups, who are poised to break out of greater Grand Rapids with the back-to-basics drive and power of their new single “Imposter” which we’re happy to premiere today.

Guitarist Joey Dombos and drummer Brent French kick it out on the track about a suspicious individual. With its thick riffs and a catchy melody, it’s the kind of track you want to put on repeat as soon as its 3 minutes 13 seconds are over (jukebox operators take note).

If the dry, no-nonsense sound of the Bangups rings familiar, it may be because it’s produced and recorded by legendary Steve Albini, who was behind everything from Nirvana’s In Utero to the Pixies’ Surfer Rosa, not to mention his own work in bands. The single was mixed by Rob Schnapf who has worked with Elliott Smith, Beck, and The Vines. “Imposter,” in short, is the real thing.

It’s the first track comes from the Bangup’s third album, Candy Cigarettes, due out June 10. Please enjoy.

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