The True Story of Bananagun

Bananagun - The True Story of Bananagun
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2020 Ratings: #271 / 794
User Score
Based on 95 ratings
2020 Ratings: #333
Liked by 4 people
June 26, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Full Time Hobby / Label
Afrobeat, Jazz-Rock / Genres
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And I thought Abracadabra by Jerry Paper was gonna be the quintessential vibe album of 2020!

Enter The True Story of Bananagun, a colorful and endlessly energetic voyage through the jazzy, psychedelic minds of these Australian newcomers. Truth be told, I get lots of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard vibes from Bananagun; while King Gizzard are far too sonically varied to pigeonhole into one sound, the two bands do share similarities at times, especially when considering King ... read more
Over the course of just 40 minutes Bananagun takes us on an exciting, fuzzy, slightly experimental odyssey of late 60s/early 70s nostalgia, wrapped up in a way that only those in the internet age would be capable of collating.

Bananagun are a 5-piece, Melbourne based group led by Nick Van Bakel, who delve into an exotic blend of Afrobeat, 70s Jazz, Psychedelic Pop and all manner of minor influences that crop up on a more track to track basis. Van Bakel, as well as the main songwriter, plays ... read more
Afrobeat with a pop sensibility and a lot of influence from the 1960s psych scene (13th Floor Elevators, Mother’s of Invention, etc)

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Incredible blend of far reacher genres and eras of global funk and psychedelic jazz rock. Production has just the right dash of modern freshness to an otherwise lived-in retro sounding mix.
In the beginning there was Bananagun from Melbourne and I didn't care much for its retro-friendly story.
And then came its debut, colourful and groovy, that winked at me meaningfully and we laughed out loud.
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Added on: June 21, 2020