L.A. Weekly: “The number one 70s band that was better than BLACK SABBATH.” “The screeching guitars of BANG are better than anything in 70s metal. The rythmn guitar tracks sound like Frankie Gilcken is using a tin can lid for a pick!”
Philadelphia’s BANG are early 70s hard rock, major label luminaries who added much more melody to the new style of hard rock being championed at the time by bands such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Grand Funk.
Despite the briefness of their initial career (1969 to 1973), Bang left behind a powerful recorded legacy that advanced and evolved hard rock and power pop. Their evolution of sound helped created an entirely new genre of music deemed “Heavy Metal”.
BANG was formed in Philadelphia in August, 1969, just days after Woodstock. 16 year old Philly peaceniks, bass player Frank Ferrera and lead guitarist Frankie Gilcken had recently dropped out of high school to pursure their musical dreams and had placed an ad that was looking for a drummer in the local paper. Enter 26 yr old Tony D’Iorio who gelled with the band almost magically. The Magic Band, as they were first named, worked and rehearsed endlessly, soon to create, albeit unknowingly, a proto-form of hard rock called “Heavy Metal”. Heavily influenced by the Beatles AND Black Sabbath, the sound born in those early rehearsals was entirely their own. A sound that would prove to be equally influential and timeless.
It was during this “basement” period when they changed their named to BANG. Captain Beefheart’s band was already using the “Magic Bang” moniker. D’Iorio had been reading Rolling Stone when he came across the headline “British groups bang in USA”, a reference to the British bands that were making waves in the US. The world “BANG” leaped off the page at him and completely fit the new sound coming out of their cramped basement jam space.
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