BOSTON/NE BANDS, Fresh Stream

Banana – Die Alone pt. 2

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Allston “barf rock” band Banana have finally released their full length album Die Alone pt. 2 on Anxiety Pop Records.

All throughout Die Alone sludgy fuzzed-out guitar crescendos cut through confessional but understated lyrics then retreat to minimal bass and drum lines during verses (“Special”/ “Doomed.”) It’s a release that manages to be poignant, humorous and frank without losing its edge. In fact, some of the best parts of the album lie in the disparities between front person Chelsea Ursin’s softer vocal moments, the snarling guitar, and the cutting feedback.

Especially on “Alpha” the different pieces of the song almost seem like they shouldn’t fit together: Ursin wails “You alpha piece of shit,” over unrelenting guitar and bass, but backs off on the verse, approaching the subject of a past abusive relationship with resentment that feels both detached and charged all at once. Then there’s the instrumental break. The band manages to successfully string all of this together in a way that feels natural.

Overall, the thing that makes Banana’s Die Alone Pt.2 such an exciting release is how they can embrace their heaviest moments and still know when to come up for air.

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