Friday, August 26, 2011
Bands to Care About: Heidi Klum's Bangs
Heidi Klum's Bangs are not trendy in any sense of the word. Their name is not particularly cool, they don't live in Brooklyn or LA (actually some place called Mountain Home, Arkansas), and their debut album was not only released on CD, but is meant as the whole it was crafted as, which in turn is a sort of epic narrative. No, what Heidi Klum's Bangs is is one of "those" bands. One of "those" bands that this stumbled upon completely by accident or luck, that for some completely unexplainable reason is unknown to everyone, yet the people who do know about them just won't shut up about them.
Heidi Klum's bangs formed last year by two brothers, Zach and Dylan Beck, who mange to perform a myriad of minor miracles with their music. The sound produced could be linked to something resembling an alternate universe version of Nana Grizol. A clear love Elephant 6 (especially Neutral Milk Hotel) is present here, as everything from a glowing acoustic guitar to a mini horn section are layered over near stream-of-conscious style delivery. It's a testament to the band that the album, Palace Pier, has an unbelieveable warmth emenating from every part of it, despite being crafted in a basement on a digital recorder. For anyone who ever gets a physical copy of the album, it's like holding a treasure in your hands, as nearly every aspect of it has been lovingly hand crafted by Zach Beck himself.
Heidi Klum's Bangs is the product of the purest desire to create music. While some might (but who would be that cruel), as to write off the band as "twee", "simplistic", or "Elephant 6 rip-off", nothing could be further from the truth. Words fail to describe how wonderful this band is, in every sense. Palace Pier is currently available from the band's bandcamp, so please infest in the utter wonderfulness that is this band.
(mp3) Heidi Klum's Bangs-The Sea Runs Red and Gold
(mp3) Heidi Klum's Bangs-Skye
(mp3) Heidi Klum's Bangs-The Horizon Drawing Near
Heidi Klum's Bang's Bandcamp