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Thee Dang Dangs

Blatantly employing a familiar pronoun in their name, Thee Dang Dangs are not shy about revealing their influences. Their sound directly mirrors that of San Francisco's Thee Oh Sees, and the acknowledgement of it in their handle frees up the listener to sincerely enjoy how expertly the band delivers that smutty surf-rock vibe. In fact, their dizzyingly psychedelic new EP, Stone Coast, sounds like it was recorded in the bathroom of a Sunset Strip titty bar in 1967. The song "Midnight Come Rolling" could have been recorded by Nancy Sinatra had she hooked up with Lou Reed instead of Lee Hazlewood, while "Cowboy" contains all the squeals, pops and filthy guitar of the best Cambodian pop of that era. And although the record delivers everything you'd expect from a lo-fi Detroit punk band, you get the feeling that the real magic happens when you see this band live.