Bang! Bang! Eche! Nominated for MTV’s 25 Best New Bands

Bang Bang Eche, our favourite CHCH home town heroes, have been voted by MTV USA as one of the 25 best new bands in the world! YEAH!

To be crowned number 1, we need to get voting! And you can vote over and over again, so get those little spam fingers working and tell your friends.
Come on Starlifter massive, make BBE proud.

Dr H



So do we need a background on this Christchurch, NZ and worldwide famous band?

They started around 2007 if memory serves – they’re young, and have done a hell of a lot in a really really REALLY short amount of time. If you’ve heard their music, you’ll understand why.

So the question has always been what does Bang! Bang! Eche! mean, and how did they start. I wasn’t even gonna go there in this review, except I found this comment on a random American blogsite so I had to share:

“We get the Bang! Bang! part, but what does Eche at the end of it mean? BBE’s guitarist/synth player, Charlie explains. “ECHE is native Maori for “awesome partytimes”!!!


They released a self titled EP last year, and have released a follow up titled SONIC DEATH CUNTTTT.

SONIC DEATH CUNTTTT is brash, in your face, dance punk. It’s in the realm of Test Icicles, Rapture, Liars and Gang of Four – mixing punk and rave on another level. Everything works: the bass, the electronics, the guitar, the vocals, the speed, the screaming, the distortion. Only young people can do this well. I don’t wanna hear this stuff made by 35 year olds.

The four tracks, totalling 12 minutes of happiness, tell me to forget about my problems and come party. My favourite track on the EP is Dirt In The Water for it’s blinding guitar riffs and pace. And if you go see them live, you’re going to be happy. Everyone can play every instrument, and you can tell they enjoy it. Another bonus is that Zach vocalises in a NZ accent. YUSSSS.

I’ve always thought this group were great and they’ve surpassed that annoying generic word. They’re tight, exuberant, and the recordings are top notch. I need a new word in another language to describe this band, so because I’m in Japan I’ll do as the Japanese do. Bang! Bang! Eche = SUUUUUUGGGGOOOOIIIIII!!!!!

:: Darlene Brown (reporting from Japan)

MP3: Bang! Bang! Eche! – fist full of dollars

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Hey yo! Heaps of cats keep sending us guff to play on so we keep adding new shiz YO! We’ve just added a brand new song from Bang! Bang! Eche!’s latest EP Sonic Death Cunttttt, a new track from Del The Funky Homosapien & Tame One, Ed Muzik’s Disco(very) DJ mix, we’re still spinning the Time Machine Mix from Zombie Nation, Chilli JAM Episode 10 DJ mix by Johnny Kingdom [courtesy of], and there’s advice on Social Media Gurus (heh) and we’ve even got a cameo from Dolly Parton. Choice!

So heaps happening on, be sure to tun in. In a couple months time you’ll be able to be one of those pre-cool cats who walk around being like “yeah, I was listening to Starlifter Radio years ago. It’s not as good these days…” ;)

Dr H

Artist: Bang! Bang! Eche! Song: Fist Full of Dollars. Reviewer: Tom Darlow

Finally! A new tune from ritalined vibesters Bang Bang Eche, and it trumps all their previous work in the first 30 seconds. From its cinematic intro to its glitched finale, Fist Full of Dollars packs punches. It seems the band have found their feet, figured out what they do best and done it in spades. The dominant synth line is frenetic and groovy as all hell, the guitars are edgy, glitched and reworked, the vocals are witty and delivered with savage conviction and the drums are have more groove than ever before. Overtop of all of this the tune is mixed and produced beautifully. Download it here, and hang on for the ride.

MP3: Bang! Bang! Eche! – Fist Full of Dollars