Guitar heroes

By MATT ASHARE  |  February 21, 2007

Within a matter of months, Bang Camaro hadn’t just finished those first six songs, they’d put together a three-guitar band capable of playing massive metal riffs, as well as a choir drawn from bands like Taxpayer, Bon Savants, Noble Rot, the Distinguished Members, and the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra — guys who could pull off the three-part harmonies. Needless to say, the indie-rock project that had brought Necochea and Bennett together was on hold. Bennett: “Trying to manage 20 guys to do anything has been taking up most of our time.”

As on their first song, Bennett and Necochea decided to keep the lyrics to a minimum, the songs anthemic, and the guitars big and bold — to write “We Are the Champions” over and over again only with different catch phrases. Bennett: “We drink and come up with a funny phrase. The lyrics are, I like to say, minimalist.”

“Simple and fun,” Necochea adds with a laugh. “We wanted people who’d come to see us to be able to sing along with us by the time the chorus came around the second time. That was the idea.”

“Yeah, and the other point with every song we’ve written is that we want it to be a potential single,” Bennett returns. “Because I think things have gone back to the way they were in the ’50s. MP3s have made it so that people don’t really listen to whole albums; they just listen to their favorite singles, and that’s what they put on their iPod.”

Bang Camaro decided to use MySpace to test-drive those first six songs they’d recorded. Necochea: “Starting on June 1 of 2006, we released one song every two weeks through MySpace. We’d put out a single and X amount of people would download it. Then they’d come back two weeks later for the next single. And back then, when we talked about doing our first album, we wanted it to be a greatest-hits album.”

That’s not a bad way to characterize the 12-track debut album Bang Camaro will celebrate the release of this Saturday with a show at the Paradise. At least, anyone who has fond memories of ’80s metal overkill will have a hard time finding anything not to like about the tracks on the disc. Of course, the band already know that. Bennett: “A lot of marketing agencies, you have to pay a ton of money to find out what people like. We just used MySpace. We’ve ended up with all kinds of different fans. Some people remember the heyday of metal in the ’80s and they’re thanking us for bringing rock back. And then we have a bunch of 14-year-olds who have never really heard stuff like this. They’re just thanking us for not being emo.”

BANG CAMARO | Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston | February 24 | 617.562.8880

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