Boston’s Bang Camaro has no illusions of glamour when it hits the road.
“It’s rough and smelly,” says guitarist and co-founder Bryn Bennett.
That’s because the group tries to keep its 15-passenger van as close as possible to capacity — and most of those are the singers.
Proponents of what Bennett, 28, and partner Alex Neocochea “anthem rock,” Bang Camaro eschews the usual studio overdubbing and instead brings 10-20 singers into the studio and puts them around one microphone for a large-scale, choir-like effect. And when the group hits the road, Bennett says there’s always “a core group of six singers, and then whoever else will make it can come.”
Bennett and Neocochea, both indie musicians on the Boston scene, founded Bang Camaro in 2005 after getting together to write a song called “Bang Camaro.” “We booked a little studio time,” Bennett recalls, got all our lead singer friends to show up, bought a ton of beer and everyone sat around doing four-part harmoni es.
“It was, like, the most fun any of us have ever had. After that Alex and I looked at each other and said, ‘We’re really got to do this’ and went from there.”
Bang Camaro has so far released one album, with a second due on Jan. 13. The track “Night Lies” is featured on Rock Band II (Bennett also works for game maker Harmonix), with other songs appearing in other video games. But while its plethora of singers make it conceptually unique, Bennett says he still considers Bang Camaro solidly in the rock group model.
“To me it’s a band like any other band — except just a lot more logistics when trying to get from town to town,” he explains. “It’s not really an experiment or anything. We picture this as a band, and we spend most of our time during the day doing it.”
Bang Camaro, the Cetan Clawson Revolution and Citizen Smile perform Saturday (Dec. 13) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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