Singer-guitarist Gina Volpe grew an even bigger set of cojones for Bantam's second album,the upcoming Suicide Tourist. Marrying brute force with bewitching melodies, the songs drop like an anvil-a sexy anvil-and Gina's vocals rip the airwaves. - Village Voice You're used to hearing Gina Volpe rip it up as the guitarist for the Lunachicks. But if you think that knowing the Lunachicks' music will prepare you for Gina's new band, you're sorely mistaken. Straight from the bowels of New York City, BANTAM is heavy, moody, high energy, and unpredictable as hell. Gina has taken center stage as the singer/songwriter backed by a rhythm section that's tighter than a gnat's ass. Yeah, she's still blowin' out speakers with her gritty guitar expertise but equally dazzling are her singing abilities. Perfectly built with adrenaline and angst, her vocals are alternately sinister and sexy. Bantam was born at Squeezebox's (NYC's favorite Friday night party) house band rehearsals. In between learning cover songs, Gina and drummer Pete would steal jam time. When the Lunachicks decided to take a hiatus, Gina and Pete seized the moment and grabbed bassist Dougie, the new kid from uptown, to add bottom, backing vox, and harmony that'll make you shiver. With a little over two years under their belt, the trio has been busy recording and touring, shaking things up both locally and nationally. In 2002 Bantam released their highly anticipated self titled debut CD which comes fully equipped with 11 tracks that'll make yer upper lip sweat and throw yer back out. Now a year and change later the band has just completed their follow up record, 'Suicide Tourist' featuring 13 songs of pure sonic delight. Alongside both albums, Bantam has been busy promoting their new videos for crowd favorites such as 'Waiting For Rescue.' and 'Come Undone' Keep your eyes open because Bantam is on their way to your town and ready to pack a hell of a punch!
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