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Suicide Tourist

by Bantam

Bantam transmits hard-rock/punk & metal with a firm understanding of sneaking in the hook
Genre: Rock: Punk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. the black and red
3:16 $0.99
2. all or nothing
3:31 $0.99
3. in the middle
3:32 $0.99
4. suicide tourist
2:59 $0.99
5. replete
3:51 $0.99
6. do no more
2:59 $0.99
7. under
4:01 $0.99
8. montgomery
1:41 $0.99
9. dicky rush
3:12 $0.99
10. the beast
4:06 $0.99
11. fan the flames
3:04 $0.99
12. end of summer
3:59 $0.99
13. strange affect
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Album Notes
Singer-guitarist Gina Volpe grew an even bigger set of cojones for Bantam's second album,the upcoming Suicide Tourist. Marrying brute force with bewitching melodies, the songs drop like an anvil-a sexy anvil-and Gina's vocals rip the airwaves. - Village Voice

You're used to hearing Gina Volpe rip it up as the guitarist for the Lunachicks. But if you think that knowing the Lunachicks' music will prepare you for Gina's new band, you're sorely mistaken. Straight from the bowels of New York City, BANTAM is heavy, moody, high energy, and unpredictable as hell. Gina has taken center stage as the singer/songwriter backed by a rhythm section that's tighter than a gnat's ass. Yeah, she's still blowin' out speakers with her gritty guitar expertise but equally dazzling are her singing abilities. Perfectly built with adrenaline and angst, her vocals are alternately sinister and sexy. Bantam was born at Squeezebox's (NYC's favorite Friday night party) house band rehearsals. In between learning cover songs, Gina and drummer Pete would steal jam time. When the Lunachicks decided to take a hiatus, Gina and Pete seized the moment and grabbed bassist Dougie, the new kid from uptown, to add bottom, backing vox, and harmony that'll make you shiver. With a little over two years under their belt, the trio has been busy recording and touring, shaking things up both locally and nationally. In 2002 Bantam released their highly anticipated self titled debut CD which comes fully equipped with 11 tracks that'll make yer upper lip sweat and throw yer back out. Now a year and change later the band has just completed their follow up record, "Suicide Tourist" featuring 13 songs of pure sonic delight. Alongside both albums, Bantam has been busy promoting their new videos for crowd favorites such as "Waiting For Rescue." and "Come Undone" Keep your eyes open because Bantam is on their way to your town and ready to pack a hell of a punch!



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Too good to be true
The band overpassed their debut album with an incredible second one. The guitar work and riffs on this one are way too good, you can easily listen to Gina's best guitar work to date, backed up with incredibly well fitting bass lines and the always powerful drum beats.
If you liked the first one, you're gonna completely fall in love with this one.

Toine van Poorten/Metal Maidens magazine

Bantam is a high octane fueled punk rock machine!
New York punk rock icon Gina Volpe is the frontlady of BANTAM. Together with skinsbeater Pete and bassplunderer Doug, she released her second full-length album. In thirteen tracks, we hear how the band developed in the last three years. Their music ranges from tough punky songs to rock tunes, that are straight from the heart. Gina’s past with THE LUNACHICKS was a great start. This all-female punk band meant a lot to the women in the scene. The music of BANTAM is one step further on the ladder. They sound more mature, and I’d like to compare their sound with a band such as L7. There’s a bit more variation in their sound, and like I mentioned already, the music seems to come more from the heart nowadays. No frills, but thrills. BANTAM already shared the stage with great names like TRIBE 8, THE BUTCHIES and NASHVILLE PUSSY to name but a few. “Montgomery” is a short filler. And in “Dicky Rush” I thought that Gina’s voice sounded a bit like Kat Bjelland of BABES IN TOYLAND. Highlight for me is a song, called “Replete”. Why? Just listen to the guitarwork in this song, and you’ll know why. While opener “The Black And The Red” follows right at the second place, simply because it’s a perfect opener. But don’t forget to check out great songs like “The Beast” and CD closer “Strange Affect”, that could well be on any great LUNACHICKS CD, in my humble opinion. BANTAM is a high octane fueled punk rock band. A loaded gun, ready to shoot their rock and roll songs at the hungry audience. On, you can read all the other information about Gina and her boys. New York City can be proud of this well oiled rock machine!