Bang Bang

Album: Closer Than Together (2019)

Songfacts®:

  • This song finds The Avett Brothers singing about the excesses of American gun culture and violence in the media.

    Another bang bang shoot 'em up movie
    Pride and vengeance all around
    Another bang bang shoot em' up movie
    Meant to blow my mind


    They go on to reflect on whether the abundance of violent movies and video games are the cause of gun crime.

    If you think there isn't any connection between
    All the violence you see in real life and what's on the screen
    Well it seems painfully clear to me
    That you're living in a fantasy


    Said Scott Avett to Billboard: "We'll flip from one channel and see some terrible shooting that's happened, and then we flip to whatever and there's a movie going, and you're like - it's real life here, and then I go over here and it's two-fold. I just think all these things have accumulated enough to talk about."
  • The lyrics were originally penned by Seth Avett after watching an action movie preview. He told The Boot he was offended and "took exception with the nonchalance" in which murder was presented in the film.

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