Bane – The Note

The Note

What can be said about a band such as Bane that hasn’t already been said. It isn’t as if its members are leading some new musical revolution or even doing something all that interesting. The Note is your straight-ahead posi-core record. I haven’t really enjoyed music like this since I was…uhhh…well…actually, I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed music like this. I’ve seen Bane play live a couple of times, and the guys certainly have a ton of heart and energy.

From the start of the record, you’ll get the point pretty quickly. Bane plays short songs about staying positive, remaining true to yourself, and apparently not doing drugs…okaaayyyy?? I wish I could think of something interesting to say here, but this music doesn’t move me or inspire me to do so. Hell, it isn’t even bad enough to be worthy of completely getting a thorough trashing from me. It’s the same boring rhetoric I’ve heard from countless bands that sound just like Bane, or even Bane itself. Someone please explain to me why it’s necessary for a band like this to literally make the same record again and again. Fast tempos, power chord riffing, the occassional metal lick, and gang vocals make up the entirety of the Bane sound.

Chances are, you probably either already like Bane, or you don’t. Maybe you’re like me and music like this just seems inconsequential to you. If you like bands such as Gorilla Biscuits, In My Eyes, Better Than a Thousand, or Good Clean Fun, then Bane will be right up your alley. In fact, the band is probably one of the better bands playing this style of music. If you’re anything like me, you might require something slightly more engaging.