Banana Gun Archive

  • It’s a little difficult to wrap my head around the fact that Banana Gun is celebrating their five year anniversary this week. Granted, I’ve been writing about local music for nearly seven years, but it seemed that when things just got started rolling around here Banana Gun was a part of the new emerging scene. Now, half a decade later, they are one of the top local bands and seasoned veterans at that. Across five years they have released one studio EP (more of a mini-album/short full album), two brilliant full lengths and a live EP–all to critical praise, including...

    Banana Gun Celebrates Five Years With A Show And A New EP!

    It’s a little difficult to wrap my head around the fact that Banana Gun is celebrating their five year anniversary this week. Granted, I’ve been writing about local music for nearly seven years, but it seemed that when things just got started rolling around here Banana Gun was a part of the new emerging scene. Now, half a decade later, they are one of the top local bands and seasoned veterans at that. Across five years they have released one studio EP (more of a mini-album/short full album), two brilliant full lengths and a live EP–all to critical praise, including...

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  • There are a lot of great things going on this weekend, probably too many in fact and most of them seem to be squeezed into Saturday. Not only is Saturday Record Store Day, a celebration of independent record stores across the globe in which music geeks like myself and nearly everyone I know go on a bender buying up one day exclusive releases to add further fodder to our treasure trove of secret sounds, guilty pleasures and aural indulgences, which should be enough for any day, it also happens to be Phochella! For the last three years Beef Vegan has...

    TMI on KWSS Presents the 3rd Annual Phochella Music Fest!

    There are a lot of great things going on this weekend, probably too many in fact and most of them seem to be squeezed into Saturday. Not only is Saturday Record Store Day, a celebration of independent record stores across the globe in which music geeks like myself and nearly everyone I know go on a bender buying up one day exclusive releases to add further fodder to our treasure trove of secret sounds, guilty pleasures and aural indulgences, which should be enough for any day, it also happens to be Phochella! For the last three years Beef Vegan has...

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  • I  know I’ve complained about the lack of rock’n'roll in this city before, but my complaints stop here. Banana Gun has somehow released one of the most compelling rock records of the entire  year.  Yes, there is something  in the combination of Ian Breslin on Drums, Kevin Loyd on Vocals and Guitar, Nic Dehaan on  Guitar and vocals, Ross Troost on Bass and  Kyle Scarborough on Sax and vocals, but together, there is magic here. There is also a hell of a lot of rock. It’s not a coincidence that Banana Gun is already one of my favorite bands around...

    A Hard Rocking Love Affair: Banana Gun releases Love.Instinct

    I  know I’ve complained about the lack of rock’n'roll in this city before, but my complaints stop here. Banana Gun has somehow released one of the most compelling rock records of the entire  year.  Yes, there is something  in the combination of Ian Breslin on Drums, Kevin Loyd on Vocals and Guitar, Nic Dehaan on  Guitar and vocals, Ross Troost on Bass and  Kyle Scarborough on Sax and vocals, but together, there is magic here. There is also a hell of a lot of rock. It’s not a coincidence that Banana Gun is already one of my favorite bands around...

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  • By now, everyone should know that Banana Gun is readying to release and unleash their third album Love.Instinct on the world, what you may not know is that it’s their best album to date–a rocking album from beginning to end without apology. For the first time they have a studio recording that truly represents their electrifying stage show and much of that is due to recording live in the studio with Curtis Grippe at STEM Recordings. Yesterday, the world got their first taste of the new album in the form of a video directed by Roland Wakefield for the first single...

    VideosAroundTown: Banana Gun “Mirror, Mirror”

    By now, everyone should know that Banana Gun is readying to release and unleash their third album Love.Instinct on the world, what you may not know is that it’s their best album to date–a rocking album from beginning to end without apology. For the first time they have a studio recording that truly represents their electrifying stage show and much of that is due to recording live in the studio with Curtis Grippe at STEM Recordings. Yesterday, the world got their first taste of the new album in the form of a video directed by Roland Wakefield for the first single...

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  • Well, hell it’s been a damned rocky road to get to 2014. I feel like last year I was trucking along full speed and killing it with unbreakable momentum. The fact that I haven’t posted in over a month proves that I hit a roadblock. I apologize for ducking out for an unplanned hiatus. Hey, I’m only one guy–I don’t have a staff and only occasionally do I have other contributors, mostly this is a one man show. A show I intend to get back on the road. The main problem for me began in October when there was a...

    Out with 2013, In with 2014!!!

    Well, hell it’s been a damned rocky road to get to 2014. I feel like last year I was trucking along full speed and killing it with unbreakable momentum. The fact that I haven’t posted in over a month proves that I hit a roadblock. I apologize for ducking out for an unplanned hiatus. Hey, I’m only one guy–I don’t have a staff and only occasionally do I have other contributors, mostly this is a one man show. A show I intend to get back on the road. The main problem for me began in October when there was a...

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  • A Postcard From Lushfest Evening One!

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  • Quick on the heels of the release of their magnificent album The Elephant In The Room early last summer, Banana Gun has released an  EP of their live efforts since that time. With the combination of live tracks that include both originals and covers, as well as one sacred studio track that previews a bit of love from the next full length album, this is one hell of a package. Throughout all six performances on this modest EP, Banana Gun shows that they are an amazing band filled with infinite possibilities and a definite stylistic sound, they are defining themselves,...

    The Live EP from Banana Gun

    Quick on the heels of the release of their magnificent album The Elephant In The Room early last summer, Banana Gun has released an  EP of their live efforts since that time. With the combination of live tracks that include both originals and covers, as well as one sacred studio track that previews a bit of love from the next full length album, this is one hell of a package. Throughout all six performances on this modest EP, Banana Gun shows that they are an amazing band filled with infinite possibilities and a definite stylistic sound, they are defining themselves,...

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  • It’s no secret that this year I’ve been paying a fair amount of attention to the production work of Curtis Grippe and the work he’s been doing at STEM Recording. His work has really come to shine in 2012 and with releases to his credit by Japhy’s Descent, Banana Gun and Doctor Bones (all who have appeared in these pages) his work has joined the ranks of other local production geniuses such as Jalipaz and Bob Hoag. I don’t in anyway think this is an exaggeration and if  anyone examines my writings over the course of the last four years,...

    STEM Family Night at Crescent Ballroom

    It’s no secret that this year I’ve been paying a fair amount of attention to the production work of Curtis Grippe and the work he’s been doing at STEM Recording. His work has really come to shine in 2012 and with releases to his credit by Japhy’s Descent, Banana Gun and Doctor Bones (all who have appeared in these pages) his work has joined the ranks of other local production geniuses such as Jalipaz and Bob Hoag. I don’t in anyway think this is an exaggeration and if  anyone examines my writings over the course of the last four years,...

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  • Cover Artwork by Eric Palmer Music For Your Soul To Roll In The first time I ever heard Banana Gun I was driving down the road jamming to The Morning Infidelity on 106.7 KWSS—“Light On” blew through my speakers and I damn near wrecked my Jeep, I had to pull into a grocery store parking lot to hear the whole thing. My mind was blown, right there and then—it was brilliant, unusual and to boot, it sported a banjo. Somehow, previous to that aural epiphany I had missed out on Banana Gun, I had always been at another show or...

    Banana Gun’s The Elephant In The Room

    Cover Artwork by Eric Palmer Music For Your Soul To Roll In The first time I ever heard Banana Gun I was driving down the road jamming to The Morning Infidelity on 106.7 KWSS—“Light On” blew through my speakers and I damn near wrecked my Jeep, I had to pull into a grocery store parking lot to hear the whole thing. My mind was blown, right there and then—it was brilliant, unusual and to boot, it sported a banjo. Somehow, previous to that aural epiphany I had missed out on Banana Gun, I had always been at another show or...

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  • Future Loves Past.  In the timespan of a year they have gone from being a band that made me smirk with the potential I saw in them to a full on revolution of sight, sound and mindblowing kinetic ferocity–they have exceeded the potential I saw by many lengths and no matter how many times I see them live I am moved by them, physically prompted to dance and left in amazement as the hazy daze they create dissipates with the final tones of their set still reverberating in the air. They have a way of controlling the vibe in the...

    Future Loves Past Master Their Past Loves In Debut Release

    Future Loves Past.  In the timespan of a year they have gone from being a band that made me smirk with the potential I saw in them to a full on revolution of sight, sound and mindblowing kinetic ferocity–they have exceeded the potential I saw by many lengths and no matter how many times I see them live I am moved by them, physically prompted to dance and left in amazement as the hazy daze they create dissipates with the final tones of their set still reverberating in the air. They have a way of controlling the vibe in the...

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