2020 debut album. Exotic rock. Also available on CD.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Bananagun and their debut album album ‘The True Story Of Bananagun’ has a sound stretching from 60s and 70s afrobeat and exotica to Fela Kuti-esque repetition, the proto-garage rhythmic fury of The Monks and the grooves of Os Mutantes, there’s an enticing lost world exoticism to the music of Bananagun. It’s the sort of stuff that could’ve come from a dusty record crate of hidden gems; yet as the punchy, colourfully vibrant pair of singles “Do Yeah” and “Out of Reach” have proven over the past 12 months, the band are no revivalists.
On ‘The True Story of Bananagun’, they make a giant leap forward with their outward-looking blend of global tropicalia. It marks Bananagun’s first full foray into writing and recording as a complete band, having originally germinated in the bedroom ideas and demos of guitarist, vocalist and flautist Nick van Bakel. The multi-instrumentalist grew up on skate videos, absorbing the hip-hop beats that soundtracked them -taking on touchstones like Self Core label founder Mr. Dibbs and other early 90’s turntablists. That love of the groove underpins Bananagun - even if the rhythms now traverse far beyond those fledgling influences.
“We didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing, we wanted it to be vibrant, colourful and have depth like the jungle. Like an ode to nature.” says Nick. “We were playing a lot leading up to recording so we’re all over it live”, Nick fondly recalls of the sessions that became more like a communal hang out, with Zoe Fox and Miles Bedford there too to add extra vocals and saxophone. “It was a good time, meeting there every night, using proper gear [rather than my bedroom setups.] It felt like everyone had a bit of a buzz going on.”
Tracklisting: Bang Go The Bongos / The Master / People Talk Too Much / Freak Machine / Bird Up! / Out of Reach / She Now / Perfect Stranger / Mushroom Bomb / Modern Day Problems / Taking the Present for Granted