One Man Bannister’s live debut of ‘Evolver’
One Man Bannister’s live debut of ‘Evolver’
Friday September 6th – early start: 8pm
Thirsty Dog, Karangahape Rd, Auckland
With special guests Feyodor, Sandra Bell
and George D. Henderson.
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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.
"But what makes Evolver so satisfying is
this never sounds like a gimmick. From a sublime left field
Taxman to a very effective early 90s ‘‘Madchester’’
indie dance remake of Tomorrow Never Knows, Bannister
- Tom Cardy, Dominion Post
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
Issue of US/NZ Zine/CD ready to be read and
Issue 2 of the NZ/US collaborative magazine and CD ‘Drill/I Have No Idea’ is just out! Featuring interviews with and reviews of some of the best of the NZ and LA underground music scenes, this is a must-have for indie music fans of all stripes.
One half Kiwi, one half from the City of Angels, the zine/CD are the offspring of New Zealander Andrew Maitai and Angelino Greg Franco.
The New Zealand section has fast-rising young troubadour Nick Raven gracing the cover, with an interview about what makes him tick. Inside you’ll also find news about Matthew Bannister’s seriously critically-acclaimed ‘Evolver’; Factory Kids’ lovely post-luminous album ‘Cried Off’; Sugarbug; Transcendental Learning Collective; Ghosts of Electricity; poet Michael O’Leary’s inaugural musical foray; Plexuz; an interview with Californian musician Dan West; plus ex-pat New Zealander Michael Canning’s insightful musings on the changes he found within New Zealand as observed on a recent homecoming visit.
Off the wire from Los Angeles, Greg kicks off with
an editorial written as he was listening to the Bats
on air during their recent US tour.
Interviews with/reviews of local bands of note include Tommy Santee Claws; head honcho Greg Franco himself; Arrica Rose; and The World Record (“Andy Creighton is God” – high praise indeed for the band’s songwriter!)
The accompanying CD is a shining selection of bands from both countries. New Zealand acts Nick Raven, One Man Bannister, Sugarbug and Sandra Bell rub shoulders with internationals Factory Kids, Arrica Rose, Rough Church, The Picture and the Frame, The World Record – and many more, as the CD is brimming with 19 new songs.
The CD is only $10 and the magazine is