HANGMAN: Black Rock White Funk (EP)
By Ania Glowacz
As the label says – no false advertising here, just Hangman’s third EP with the appeal of sounding like the band is playing in the living room. It’s nice and live and ‘comfortable’, a stripped back affair with pretty much minimal instrumentation and few embellishments. Hangman are Seth, Brent, Paulie and Mike, and this was recorded at Paulie’s ‘fale’ – which might just as easily be your lounge. The bass in particularly is pleasing, the guitar perhaps too restrained in the mix, though any louder and it would upset the balance that has been achieved here. The drum sound is a bit too clean and deserves a bigger fale effect. There’s a great groove, a funk factor that’s subtle and restrained, plus a touch of Rage Against The Machine style. The instrumental Just Be seems superfluous when this band is really communicating something so worthwhile –a great track that’s spoilt by a lack of vocals. All in all though a nicely balanced EP.