Gun Shy Assassin is proud to be able to bring you — at the tail end of this post — a free song download from Louisville, Kentucky’s Brain Banger. This band is the side project of Young Widows bassist Nick Thieneman and drummer Jeremy McMonigle. The song’s called “Stay Down” and it comes from the band’s forthcoming EP, Munsoned, which drops later this month through Hawthorne Street. If you like Young Widows, you’ll like this track. If you like old Helmet and Quicksand, then you’ll also dig this song. Either way, it’s a free rock track, coming with my stamp of approval. Download it, folks.
Gun Shy Assassin recently spoke with Nick about the project and the new Young Widows album, which has already been recorded. Fucking awesome, right. We also spoke about Brain Banger, how that came about, and why Brain Banger is really the side project that isn’t.
See, Brain Banger don’t tour. In fact, they’ve been rather inactive as of late. Nick and Jeremy are busy with Young Widows, and guitarist Patrick Hume is heading back to school. Munsoned, Nick explains, was actually recorded several years ago but sort of fell by the wayside when Young Widows started taking off. But the EP will finally be released in the coming weeks, he says.
“Pat and I live together; we’ve been friends since we were kids,” Nick tells Gun Shy Assassin about Brain Banger’s formation. “He met Jeremy through a college friend, and he came over one night and we all just ended up playing together.” But Brain Banger will play live again one day — as soon as Young Widows slows down a bit.
In a few weeks, Young Widows will do the final mix for their forthcoming album, which the band recorded 17 songs for. In all likelihood, the as-yet-untitled LP will only have 11 tracks — including one song called “Young Rivers.”
“We are very excited it was a lot of fun to make,” says Nick. “We’re very excited about all the songs…everything that goes on the record. And that’s the hardest part — deciding what goes on the record.” Nick says the the remaining six tracks will likely be released in EP form sometime after the new album drops. That should be in early 2011, he says.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to do [what I do] and have people pay attention,” the bassist says. “We’re all very humbled by all that. Anyone that pays attention and cares is awesome to us. It doesn’t matter if that’s one person of 100 people. It’s exciting to be able to go out on the road and have people be really stoke to see your band play.”
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