BANNY GROVE: CARS IN CONTROL EP

August 4th, 2017 | Album reviews

BANNY GROVE
Cars In Control 7″ EP
Nicey Music

Despite only being 15 minutes long, Banny Grove’s new EP, Cars in Control, is boiling over with decades worth of disparate musical influences. Vocalist Louise Chicoine bounces between imitating the velvety melodrama of Anni-Frid Lyngstad’s ABBA leads (“The Manger”) and the half-sung rambling of Life Without Buildings’ Sue Tompkins (the title track). This is all done against guitarist and keyboardist Peter Nichols’ constantly mutating backdrops, in which no sonic stone is left unturned. Nichols mines everything from club-primed beats to scratchy ‘80s synths to the Rugrats theme soundfont, resulting in genre-hopping so agitated it makes Beck seem like Huey Lewis. Cars in Control is also a political record, but not in the conventional sense; topical takedowns are eschewed in favor of a wholesome Seussical sense of morality. “Trash Truck” is narrated by a mole person living beneath a garbage-covered dystopia, while the title track is a vague endorsement of renewable energy. Banny Grove reach the height of their musical and lyrical powers on closing track “Dogs FM”, a satire of media bias that’s as catchy as it funny: “Dogs are so cool! / They say just what they mean / And they never have a secret agenda.” It can only get weirder from here.

-Morgan Troper

BANNY GROVE’S CARS IN CONTROL EP IS OUT FRI., AUG. 11, ON NICEY MUSIC. BANNY GROVE PERFORMS WITH MIDNIGHT SISTER (JAGJAGUWAR), HARMONY TIVIDAD (GIRLPOOL) AND MUSH POT ON SAT., AUG. 12, AT BASIC FLOWERS, 242 S. BROADWAY, DOWNTOWN. MORE INFO HERE! VISIT BANNY GROVE AT FACEBOOK.COM/BANNYGROVE.