Nevermind the Nirvana & Pearl Jam, Here is Bam Bam

Grunge, jedina dobra stvar preostala u rok glazbi. Kao i uvijek, povijest pišu pobjednici, ali trebali bi baciti pogled i na sastave koji su manje poznati široj publici. . Green River, Screaming Trees, Skin Yard za njih smo već nekako i čuli ali BAM BAM je tek nedavno dobio pozornost koju zaslužuje. Bam Bam je jedan od prvih rock sastava koji su uz . Green River, Sound garden, Melvins and Skin Yard u Seattlu bili začetnici novog rock pokreta.

Bili su prvi sastav koji je snimao u Reciprocal studiu, istom onom studiju gdje je Nirvana snimila Bleach; jedan od prvih sastava koji je radio s nekim od najpoznatijih imena glazbene scene na sjeverozapadu Amerike kao što su Chris Janzek koji uz Jacka endina spominje Bam Bam kao najvažniju kariku scene u Seattleu. Dovoljno je spomenuti da je prvi bubnjar Bam Bama bio Matt Cameron, bubnjar Soundgarden & Pearl Jama. Njega je kasnije zamijenio Tom Hendrickson.

Dok slušam Bam Bamov demo, vraćam se u svoje tinejđerske godine i osjetim potrebu da obućem majicu od flanela, pokidane traperice i vojničke čizme. Neobično je da m iako su oni bili među prvim sastavima koji su stvorili ovaj oblik rock glazbe, dijelili pozornicu s imenima kao Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Faith No More, Joe Satriani, Stu Hamm, Yngwie Mallstorm, White Zombie; dobili poštovanje Chrisa Hanzeka, Jacka Endina, Davida Portnowa; Bam Bam nikada nije dobio priznanje koje zaslužuje. Vrijeme je da se to ispravi.

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GROUND ZERO: Tipičan zvuk 90ih, samo 10godina ranije, sa saškom Black Sabbatha. Nažalost, nikada nije uvrštena u dobro znanu kompilaciju Deep Six. Da je Ground Zero pušten za vrijeme 90ihsigurno bi postao klasik.

GOING TO PARTY: sve što mogu reći je j* L7 ( nažalost ☹) i Hole (pogotovo 😊).

HEINZ 75: ovdje se vidi ljubav prema Motorhead. Kao opaka mašina koja se približava nevjerojatom brzinom i pogađa metu.

I’M DEAD: početak me podsjeća na Bauhaus & Joy Division, a metalni riffovi na Tommya Martina, poput vremenskog stroja, vraća u 90te. Usudio bi se reći da me malo podsjeća i na Laufer, hrvatski odgovor na Seattle sound.

IT STINKS: hardcore punk, iz kojeg grunge vuće svoje korijene, stilom podsjeća na rani Black Flag i Dead Kennedys. Provokacija na maksimum.

SHOW WHAT YOU WANT: visokonaponski rock ‘n’roll od kojeg pucaju bubnjići. Slušate na vlastiti rizik.

SKA-UNK kao većina sastava Bam Bam istražuje i otvoren je prema drugim stilovima, dokazujući da snaga nije samo u punku, metalu ili grungeu.

STRESS. Hardore punk s virtuoznošću Bad Brainsa, izazivaju ih pokazujući da su ravnopravni.

VILLIANS od poznatog EP, šteta što nije promoviran na veliko jer je J* dobar.

GOING DOWN: Post-punka nikad dosta čak i za 30 sekundi.

A LONG TIME AGO: podsjeća me na Cranberries, ali naravno, jači i nije baš.

BAETHSHEBA opak, trash riffovi kojih se ni Slayer ne bi posramio, do refrena, kada počinje ludilo.

CURSES IN DARK -znate onaj osječaj kad ste u mrklom mraku i odjednom udarite u nešto? E pa postoji pjesma za taj osjećaj.

Grunge, the last good thing in rock music. Like always, history is writen by winners, but we should look back on bands that are lesser know to wider public. Green River, Screaming Trees, Skin Yard somehow they got recognition, while Bam Bam received recently. Bam Bam was among the Green River, Soundgarden, Melvins and Skin Yard, the first bands in Seattle who started new rock movement. They were first band who recorded at Reciprocal Studio, same studio were Nirvana made Bleach, among the first bands who worked with biggest name of northwest music scene, Chris Hanzek, who along with Jack Endino mention Bam Bam as most important link of Seattle Scene. It is enough to say that Bam Bam’s first drummer was Matt Cameron, the drummer of Soundgarden & Pearl Jam, who was later replaced by Tom Hendrickson. Listening to Bam Bam’s demo, it got me back in my teenage years, as well need to wear my flanel shirt, torn jeans and millitary boots. It so sad that, even they are among the first bands who made this style of rock music; shared their stage with names like Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Faith No More, Joe Satriani, Stu Hamm, Yngwie Mallstorm, White Zombie; been respected by the names like Chris Hanzek, Jack Endino, David Portnow, Bam Bam never recived well-deserved recognition. It is right time to get it right.

GROUND ZERO: Tipical sound of 90’s, just 10 years before, with essence of Black Sabbath. Unfortunately, it never appeared on well-know compilation Deep Six. If Ground Zero was released during the 90’s, it probably be a classic.

GOING TO PARTY: All can I said is: fuck L7 (unfortunately L) and Hole (especially J)

HEINZ 75: Here is were love is showed to Motorhead. Like a mean machine that is approaching at tremendous speed, hitting at his target.

I’M DEAD: With the beginning that remind me on the Bauhaus & Joy Division, while metal riffs of Tommy Martin, like time machine, return me in to the 90’s. I would dare to say that reminds me little bit on Laufer, croatian answer to the Seattle Sound.

IT STINKS: Hardcore punk, from which grunge originated, sounds kind a in style of early Black Flag and Dead Kennedys. Provokes to the maximum.

SHOW WHAT YOU WANT: high voltage rock’n’roll, from which bulbs shoots. Listen to it at your risk.

SKA-UNK: Like most bands, Bam Bam explores and opens to the another styles, showing that rawness is not just in punk, metal or grunge.

STRESS: Hardcore punk with virtuosity like Bad Brains, challenging them by showing that they are equal.

VILLIANS: From well-know EP, too bad that it wasn’t promoted for big, becouse it is FUCKING good.

GOING DOWN: Post-punk never enough, even for 30 seconds.

A LONG TIME AGO: Reminds me on Cranberries, but of course, heavier & anti-radio friendly.

BAETHSHEBA: nasty, thrash riffs which even Slayer won’t mind, until the chorus, where insanity starts.

CURSES IN DARK: You know that feeling when you are in a pitch dark and suddenly you hit it in something? Well, you got song for that.

19/10/2019

autor: Hrvoje Bubić