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The True Story Of Bananagun


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The True Story Of Bananagun is available in an indie store exclusive clear vinyl.

Hailing from Melbourne, but with 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 debut album The True Story of Bananagun, they make a giant leap forward with their outward-looking blend of global tropicalia. The True Story of Bananagun 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.

Released: June 2020
Cat: FTH378
Label: Full Time Hobby



1. Bang Go The Bongos
2. The Master
3. People Talk Too Much
4. Freak Machine
5. Bird Up!
6. Out of Reach
7. She Now
8. Perfect Stranger
9. Mushroom Bomb
10. Modern Day Problems
11. Taking the Present for Granted

Customer Reviews

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Staff Review
Like an induced boat ride through a magical cartoon rainforest

The True Story of Bananagun is like an induced boat ride through a magical cartoon rainforest, as is so perfectly implied on the album sleeve! Bananagun are not an easy band to explain so I am thankful they helped us out with that at least. A fusion of joyous afrobeat, psychedelia, tropicala, and kaleidoscopic freak-out, The True Story Of Bananagun might sound like a difficult experience. They sound like Joe Meek’s darlings The Tornado’s getting into fisticuffs with the 13th Floor Elevators, before sitting down together and saying “we can make this work”. Contrary to being a tumid listen, this record is actually easy and fun if you allow yourself to sink into it. I would suggest that fans of bands like King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Here Lies Man or Khruangbin will find plenty to enjoy here.