The Stang Band by the band Stang is an homage of sorts to classic rock, performed and mixed to fit in the canon of their influences. While all music has influences, Stang embraces them almost to the point of imitation.
Songs like “Blues That STANG” and “Here Comes The Fire” are almost note-for-note copies of Led Zeppelin songs (“Since I've Been Loving You” and “Heartbreaker,” respectfully). While the lyrics and vocal melody differ a bit, the guitar riffs are essentially the same and even some of the drum breaks feel cloned. “Graveyard Dead” employs a “Ramble On” riff, but also moves the tempo and feel around (in a Zeppelin-esque way) through moderate shuffles and up-tempo rock-outs that disguise the riff a bit.
“Let Me Bleed” on the other hand feels the influence of Page/Plant/Bonham/Jones, but feels more original and features a fantastic guitar solo. The other major influence is AC/DC, prevalent in the opening song “Burnin' Through My Soul” and “I Need You.” Between the vocal inflections and the guitar riffs, Angus Young and Bon Scott live on.
The band fares a bit better on the second half of the album. “Gettin' My Act Together” is a Black Crowes-inspired song with a great guitar solo and an interesting intro full of cymbal crashes and feedback swells. “Freedom Ride” sounds a bit like the band Free and has a sneaky bass riff throughout. “Platinum Dragon” sounds the most original with its counter-rhythmic guitars and slight reggae/Police influences sprinkled in.
The album closes with “It's Your Soul (Long Live Rock n' Roll)”, an ode to the music the band loves. Built to be an anthem with its halftime choruses and shredding guitar solos, the band unapologetically reaches out to the stadium crowd and celebrates what they love.
In that, Stang is most successful. They sound like a lot of fun and that they really enjoy playing the music they play. The talent is there, if they can step away from copying their influences and try to integrate more of the parts they like, they can be filling those stadiums in no time.
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