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Momma channels Garbage (the band, not the trash) on steamy ‘Bang Bang’

Every Monday, Add of the Week unveils all the new songs going into the 88Nine on-air playlist, with one hand-picked selection put in the spotlight by a member of our music team.

For a ’90s kid like me, Momma’s Household Name went down as easy as a bottle of Surge. The throwback vibes were very much appreciated, but that’ll only take you so far. The album was just plain good (#5 on my year-end list, for whatever that’s worth), and the goodness keeps right on coming on their latest standalone single, “Bang Bang.”

While a lot of last year’s album felt very Veruca Salt, the new track jumps forward a couple years to the Garbage era of the 1990s. It is extremely easy to imagine Shirley Manson absolutely going to town on a song about female empowerment in the boudoir. Or, as Momma’s Etta Friedman put it while recounting a COVID-forced timeout for her and bandmate Allegra Weingarten, “We decided to isolate, get drunk and write together. Within a night, we had demoed a hot-sounding song about great sex.”

Not a lot of beating around the bush, either, lyrically speaking:

I know that you fantasize
Life is good between my thighs
I get high and you hold it down
I want it
I mean it
I need it now

A quick shout to the third Momma, Aron Kobayashi Ritch, who shaped that demo into something that feels like a great next step for the band — synthier and shinier, distinct from their breakout album yet still could’ve slid right into that mix without anyone batting an eye.

You can listen to “Bang Bang” right here, and on 88Nine by tuning your FM dial in Milwaukee or streaming worldwide on our website and mobile app.

This week’s other adds

  • “Luanne,” David Wax Museum
  • “Tin Man,” Feeble Little Horse
  • “Meshuggah,” Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • “Devil's Kettle,” Trapper Schoepp
  • “Crimson to Chrome,” Friko
  • “Sole Obsession,” Nation of Language