Recently, I had a chat with Banana Gun, the alternative jazz, rock, blues, indie band, following their show with The Babe Rainbow and Parsnip in Melbourne. I was taken into another wicked dimension when they played and was interested to hear what makes them tick. I am always keen to see what inspires bands like these and learn what brought them to music in the first place. The five-piece band has recently jumped onto the scene with their freakadelic sounds, which have been nothing but sweet tunes to my ears.
Here are some highlights from our chat:
Where did the name originate from, do you like eating bananas or something?
Bananas are our cosmic pistol and we fire bullets of vitamin B .
How long have you been together?
How would you describe the music you play?
Bits and pieces from and trans-continental flavors. We like a lot of Brazilian, Afrobeat kinda ballpark.
So how did you all get started?
we started as a three-piece – Jimi, Stella, and myself – but we wanted more percussion and color, so we gradually got Jack and Luki in the fold and now it’s freakadelic .
Favorite venue to play?
It’s yet to arrive.
Fave 80’s song?
Advice for up and coming musicians?
Don’t worry about getting a job. Do what’s right.