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Banana Gun / Press

““The next band is so great,” a photographer discloses to me as Banana Gun begins to set up their equipment. I was not disappointed. Banana Gun has such a tight, solid set and it is obvious that all of them have been honing their craft for quite some time. Psychedelic rock with a reggae and ska flavor, the band puts on a fun show. Not to mention the killer lead vocals that echoes Bob Seger with an edge. “Paper Cuts” sums up the band perfectly with its full bodied blend of classic guitar riffs, soulful saxophone, and on point vocals. Banana Gun opened with the song and drew the whole crowd in. I chuckle to myself to see everyone move forward towards the stage within the first two minutes of them playing, leaving no room in front of the stage. Their music, stage presence, and consistency definitely put them at the forefront.”

“the record kicks off with an explosion in the form of a searing rendition of “Papercuts”—and if you ask me it blows the studio version away, but, I’m quite fond of the Banana Gun live experience and this carries that energy perfectly. The searing guitar work that sets the entire EP on fire at the start is almost to much for me to bear–and I remember it, I was at that show and it just gives me goddamn shivers every time. Overwhelming, unwieldy and simply goddamn great rock’n'roll straight through. All that and Kyle’s sax work is unbelievable, in fact, the whole damn band is here at there freaking peak and everyone is giving their all–Ian’s drums pounding out the beat everyones hips are shaking to, Ross’ basswork keeping that groove right along while Nic and Kevin’s guitars duel and one of the finest vocal performances from the latter is documented on record. That, my friends, is a hell of start to anything.”

“The first time I ever heard Banana Gun I was driving down the road jamming to The Morning Infidelity on 106.7 KWSS—“Light On” blew through my speakers and I damn near wrecked my Jeep, I had to pull into a grocery store parking lot to hear the whole thing. My mind was blown, right there and then—it was brilliant, unusual and to boot, it sported a banjo.”

“Banana Gun began their set to a semi-vacant room,but that quickly changed.I’m going to hazard a guess that everyone inside and out was in the ballroom.They attacked their set with only the enthusiasm that they can bring to music, stealing the show.I’ve said it before, and I will again.These five people were made to play together.And they do it well and with a fervor you rarely see.Take any one person out of the mix and the music would fall flat.Together,they’re fabulous.They’re funny between songs reminding each other,“Hey,they wanna see you shake your ass not hear you talk Let’s go!” From the moment they hit the stage, people had feet tapping,hips swinging,and heads bobbing to the music.I dare anyone to keep still and not get into a Banana Gun set.Not.Gonna.Happen. And they played a fantastic set making it even more impossible.I’d describe their music, but it’s uniquely their own sound, which I find very exciting for them. It’s definitely an alternative jazz, rock,”

"I told them we're a zydeco/funk/ambient psychedelic jam band," laughs singer/guitarist Kevin Loyd. "Naw, I just tell them we're rock 'n' roll band — that's probably the easiest explanation. That covers a lot of ground." Loyd agrees: "Duke Ellington said there are only two kinds of music — good and bad. I just love that."

“When I heard that Banana Gun was releasing an album this summer, I knew it was going to good. I wasn’t, however, expecting to have 15 new favorite songs overnight. Produced by STEM Recording, the band’s 15-track LP has blessed us with this phenomenon. It’s flavorful, it’s fun, and distinctly Banana Gun. Rummaging through the shambles of whatever yesterday threw onto my primitive iPod Shuffle, I was instantly star-struck by the harmonious intro to The Elephant in the Room. Even without cue, the inviting tone is recognizable. What is it, though, that makes Banana Gun’s sound so distinct? ”

"Phoenix’s awesomely titled BANANA GUN made their mark by blasting glimmers of hope that there is still vibrant life left within the scene. Since “coming to earth” BANANA GUN have far exceeded the lofty expectations that a bold name such as theirs implies. In fact, guitarist and vocalist Kevin Loyd even twangs his crooning up in a smooth soulful manner evoking earlier work from current alt-country superstars KINGS OF LEON. This change of pace is welcomed with open and eager arms. BANANA GUN ensure a much wider spectrum of emotion is on display, but never hits the overwrought levels of “emo,” with precise instrumentation throughout to add intensity to the impact. Despite the hints in their sound, “Light On” still might prove to be the most pleasant surprise, a traditional country inflected gem which traces the band’s grass roots all the way back."

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