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Lesser Bangs / Bio

Debut album Alamo Basement available on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, and CD Baby.

“The Portland psychedelic rockers clearly aspire to Sgt.-Pepper-meets-Dark-Side heights as indicated by the anthemic song “Droids.” Meanwhile “Set the Record” could have been an outtake on a late ‘70s Supertramp album, albeit if it had been recorded by Jack White. Meanwhile, the trippy gospel-infused “Leave Me Be” showcases the group’s strength, which is melody with a capital “M.” -Portland Tribune

“Float around in Lesser Bangs’ ocean for a spell and one begins to see they’re special, the sort of band that becomes “the” band for a dedicated core flock.” -Dirty Impound

“I don't know if Lester Bangs would rave and drool over Alamo Basement, the warm, furry debut album from the Portland quartet, but I'm definitely on board.” -Portland Mercury

“Listening to the debut album “Alamo Basement” by Lesser Bangs is a sheer delight.” -Portland Tribune

“Droids,” offers the first inkling of the group’s subtle, weird humor, which is reminiscent of early Steely Dan. That sophisticated touchstone is one of several that stroll around Alamo Basement, which feels resolutely modern but totally aware of Pink Floyd, Phish and other archetypal ancestors that don’t start with “P” like The Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips." -Dirty Impound

“Alamo Basement's highlights are many, including the fragile but triumphant chorus of "Zocalo" and the involving narrative of "Catfish Hunter." -Portland Mercury

"Portland’s Lesser Bangs has enough chemistry working to get a whole lot of folks buzzed and smiling." -Dirty Impound


Lesser Bangs are set to reclaim the massive power of rock and roll that has begun to quietly fade in the era of samples and laptops. Inspired by the valiant battle for rock’s soul that Lester Bangs championed in his writings, Lesser Bangs embody their namesake’s passion for truth in music. Forged in 2012 by keyboardist Adam King and guitarist Sean DeGregorio, LBs finds the pair’s like-minded but unique takes on rock and pop fusing in harmonic splendor. Endearing hooks are gracefully attacked, and the potential for psychedelic expansion lies within each melodic turn. Both King and DeGregorio write songs that are inherently thematic – where the lyrics and melodies can’t exist without one another, and where each tune is a story unto itself. Rounded out by bassist Scott DeWitt and drummer Justin Birge, Lesser Bangs make music that’s more electrifying than a toaster in a bathtub. The four-piece feeds off one another’s passion and technique, and the result is a throbbing life-force of rock and roll. Remember why you first fell in love with the electric guitar. Find the piano sexy once again. Let Lesser Bangs reignite the sonic quiver of your soul.

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Band Members
Adam King, Sean DeGregorio, Justin Birge, Scott Dewitt
Artist Name
Lesser Bangs
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Portland, OR

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