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Self Cut Bangs cut a swath of power pop

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The Owl Acoustic Lounge rocked with female powered Calgary garage rock supergroup Self Cut Bangs, Saturday Sept. 23. The band members have been part of the Calgary punk and alternative scene for years, playing in popular bands like Night Committee, Dark Time, Hot Little Rocket and Napalmpom. 


 The spirit of Napalmpom was strong in Self Cut Bangs which formed during the pandemic by Napalmpom’s Shawn Petsche and Cayley O’Neill . They recorded their CD at home during the pandemic.


Self cut bangs lead singer Cayley O’ Neill at the owl Acoustic lounge. Photo by Richard Amery

 They played plenty of too catchy for their own good riffs reminiscent of bands like the Strawberries and Cheap Trick with a bit of the Breeders and a smattering of Pixies.


 Bassist Nicola Cavanagh from the Cardiograms and Night Committee, apparently playing her first gig with the band added haunting harmony vocals and grooved along on bass like she’d always been there.


Pregnant lead singer Cayley O’ Neill strutted the stage like a boss, singing catchy lyrics that were alternately playful and haunting for one of their last shows before new babies and double albums come to light.


 I missed A Trozzo Electric’s opening set and Facecut’s closing set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 September 2023 14:20 )  
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