Nothing matches a live show, which is why We Say Bang! skipped on the final results from a recording session in Northern Seattle and instead opted to record Ignite during a performance in the basement of vocalist David Hedin's basement.
Using cheap microphones and outdated software, the group pieced together the nine-song record to astounding results -- assuming their aspirations were to record a raw, lo-fi rock album that sounds like it was recorded in a basement with cheap mic's and outdated software. Though not technically "garage" rock, the trio are bursting with soul on tracks like "Butterflies and Bulletholes!" and "Oh Well!" regardless of sound quality. There's nothing remotely mastered or polished on any of the tracks, which is actually a tad refreshing. "Red Leaves!" has a slight surf-punk edge to it and is nothing but fun and loose.
In between sporadic bursts of bright crash, fast snare rolls and distorted guitar, the band's DIY attitude and experimental outlook makes for a highly rewarding CD from start to finish. This is a group begging to be seen live, and they went so far as cramming as much of the experience as possible into Ignite.
If the record is any indication of the fervor We Say Bang! has prepared for their CD release show at Tractor Tavern on Sept. 27, then this isn't a gig you want to miss. Just be prepared to dance really awkwardly.