Larry John Mcnally built a career on writing songs for other musicians (The Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, and Mavis Staples to name a few) — but when he joined musical forces with Harry Waters (the son of Roger Waters) — the duo became unstoppable.
“Bang Bang” comes from McNally Waters‘ second album, which had its release delayed by Covid-19. Thankfully this track — as well as two others — was still released for all of us stuck at home to enjoy as part of the Bang Bang EP.
The track opens with jazzy piano and a restrained guitar — the lyrics show less of this restraint. Why should they? The song details a murder tinged with love while a clock ticks along. You can’t go back, so why mince words?
The vibe is saloonish, but clean production and layered vocals on the chorus create a sense of modernity. The melody is a jaunt, though one with bite. The accompanying video moves between line art animation (think cacti, hands tickling a piano, and — of course — a gun) then slides into footage of the musicians wandering across the desert landscape. Danger may reside mostly among the drawn lines, though in the real-world, the two wanderers find themselves at a grave as images of omen appear around them. The song’s ominous ending leaves you lingering.