• Wed. Apr 17th, 2024

Las Vegas’ Farangs Releases “Cult-A-Cola”

Las Vegas band Farangs, featuring former Bee Master singer Brian Cantrell, have released their first E.P- Cult-A-Cola.

The band, rounded out by bassist/vocalist Jason Parker and drummer Micah Malcom, are part punk, part pop. The 4 songs on the record are reminiscent of 90’s shoegaze and garage rock.

Starting off with “Shart”, the band lurches forward in fits and starts. Cantrell’s vocals can sometimes drone, but when blended with Parker’s, Farangs reach a pop sensibility that reminds you of early Weezer. The stand out track “Saddest Drunk in the Universe” jangles along nicely, with some pretty clever lyrics (“I’m God’s gift to alcohol” is a brilliant line).

 

“Wurds” and “Tin Foil Hats” round out the collection, and while keeping the lo-fi garage rock sound, at times the band creeps into classic “Fountains of Wayne” territory with a side of Dandy Warhols for good measure, albeit with more feedback.

The production of the record might be to blame, as at times the vocals just aren’t loud enough, and the guitars can sound tinny at times.  While a resurgence of 90’s style bands seems to be happening, The Farangs are a welcome sound on the scene.

I haven’t had the chance to catch a live appearance, but I aim to do so in the near future to see how their songs carry in from of an audience.

The EP is available on Itunes, Amazon and most major streaming sites.

PHOTO CREDIT: All photos ©Farangs – Original Photographer

By Stephy Muzio

Stephanie " Stephy " Muzio (formerly Hayward) - Public Relations / Writer/ Photographer and Co-Founder of ZRockR Magazine Co-host of ZRockR Magazine LIVE! Stephy was raised on rock and roll. Originally from Illinois, Stephy is the daughter of an aspiring metal guitarist and a former rock n roll radio dj. Stephy’s first concert at the tender age of 8 was Rob Zombie at the original Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas, where she happily threw horns up and sang along to "Dragula" with the best of them ( she incidentally loves horror films too!) . She performed with the VGA choir at the 2007 Video Game Awards show at Mandalay Bay when it was hosted by Samuel L Jackson, sharing the stage with the likes of Foo Fighters as well as Kid Rock. An LVA alum, when she isn’t singing or playing herself (she plays a few different instruments), she is out in support of the local scene and at her friends gigs around the southwest and even when she is back home in Illinois! She has written as well as done some photography previously for a couple of smaller zines including Vegas SoundZ when it was in print. Stephy takes the adage of ” If it’s too loud that is just too damn bad! ” to heart- after all- she was raised around screaming guitars, thunderous drums, production studios and only Led Zeppelin and Nirvana played extremely loud would put her to sleep as a kid! Stephy is a large part of the backbone of ZRockR.

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