One Man Bannister’s live debut of ‘Evolver’ - Sept 6
One Man Bannister’s live debut of ‘Evolver’
Friday September 6 – early start: 8pm
Thirsty Dog, Karangahape
With special guests Feyodor, Sandra Bell and George D. Henderson.
One Man Bannister – aka Matthew Bannister – and his merry band bring the live ‘Evolver’ experience to Auckland for its performance debut. The album has already picked up rave reviews from Graham Reid, Russell Brown and Tom Cardy, with rumours of more to come, and the live show is keenly anticipated.
On ‘Evolver’ Matthew Bannister (Sneaky Feelings, the Dribbling Darts of Love, the Weather) has reinterpreted what is widely considered the Beatles’ greatest album, ‘Revolver’. Here he channels the songs either in terms of other Beatles songs, their influences, or other artists whom they have influenced. Hence “Tomorrow Never Knows” has an early 90s Madchester indie dance feel, “Yellow Submarine” is cod reggae, “She Said She Said” becomes a folk-rock waltz, “For No One” an upbeat country number and so on.
And although re-interpretations of “classic” albums are fairly common now, this is the first time one artist has covered a whole Beatles album in a way that both remains true to the spirit of the original while also adding a new twist (and shout). Beatles fans and anti-fans alike have shared in their universal praise of his re-workings.
The One Man Bannister live band is Matthew Bannister (vocals, guitar), Nick Johnston (keys), Paul Methven (guitar, vox), Brad Blackie (bass), Eman Comer (drums), Martin Griffiths (cello).
Aware of not wanting to keep everyone up too late, the show starts early, with a rare live performance from Feyodor to start the evening at 8pm. Feyodor is the mellow side project of Ben Barrett, formerly of Joed Out. His 'Be Fine EP' received airplay on bFM and was a favourite of an Australian internet radio station, with his two Powertool albums 'Blind Photos & The Lemon Tuesday' and 'Aggressive Pedestrian' also well-received.
Sandra Bell is one of the leading lights of the New Zealand underground. Her classic album ‘Dreams of Falling’, originally released by Xpressway in Dunedin 1991, then in 1992 on Belgian label Turbulance, is about to be re-released on Vinyl in October 2013 on Straight to Video, a new label run by Kelly Morgan who works for Drag City, Chicago.
George D. Henderson is the driving force behind the Puddle, and was a co-founder of Mink. A favourite of some critics, who could see beyond the fragile limitations of their early recordings (their debut mini-album recently included in SPIN magazine’s list of the best Kiwi pop releases alongside The Clean), praise for Henderson’s song writing also often comes from other songwriters.