Formation Initially the band was founded by guitarist Mark Knight and bassist Kyle Kyle in
Formation Initially the band was founded by guitarist Mark Knight and bassist Kyle Kyle in Knight wanted a second guitarist and recruited Kyle Stevens. At the suggestion of Rough Cutt 's Amir Derakh , vocalist Joe Leste' joined the band as its frontman which led to Leste's childhood friend, Tigg Ketler, completing the 5 piece line up as Bang Tango's drummer.
The band then began to play shows and would gain a following on the sunset strip scene in Hollywood , packing all the popular clubs and venues at the time, which led to a bidding war with many major labels. Psycho Cafe' Their initial release, a live EP titled Live Injection came out in early leading up to the release of their Howard Benson produced full length debut Psycho Cafe' which topped off at number 58 on the Billboard top chart.
Dancin' On Coals Their sophomore release, the John Jansen produced Dancin' on Coals, failed to outdo or repeat the success of their first album. A music video was shot for the single Untied and True and the album peaked on the Billboard top chart at number Hoping to recapture the success of their first album, the band decided to re-team with Psycho Cafe' producer Howard Benson for Love After Death.
The album ended up being shelved by MCA due to the label feeling a return would not be possible with how much was already invested monetarily for the recording. After recording was complete, guitarist Kyle Stevens made the decision to leave the band. Though to this day the band still perform songs from this album during their live set, Love After Death has yet to see a release in the U.
Frontman Joe Leste' and bassist Kyle Kyle would then reform the band in with a revolving door of musicians. Though no recordings were never officially released and only a handful of shows were played, the song So Abused was featured in the Wes Craven film Wishmaster but not released on it's soundtrack.
With the band being a side project of then current members of Bang Tango, So Abused was featured heavily in Bang Tango's live set list in the late 90's. In the band released Greatest Tricks, which was a compilation of the bands most well known songs re-recorded with Bang Tango's current line up at the time.
Reformation present In Joe Leste' would once again reform the band, this time as it's sole original member, and released the Ready to Go album.
In , Leste' recruited bassist Lance Eric, who would prove to be Bang Tango's longest running member aside from Leste' himself and still performs with the band to this day.
One reunion show with all original members of Bang Tango occurred in The whole show can be viewed on YouTube but is mislabeled as being from The Bang Tango Movie Main article: This project would then become expanded upon once Fortier had been put in contact with previous members of the band as well as its founding members.
Over the course of 4 years Fortier would turn the project into a feature length documentary titled Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie. The film features interviews with all original members of the band as well as most of the players who have performed in the band since its inception.
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