Entry Requirements: 16+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)
Supports : BRYDE
Taking the name of their lead singer, Banfi is made up of Joe Banfi (vocals), Aaron Graham (Drums) and Chris McCuaig (Bass). The UK trio came together in 2015 when Chesire-born Joe was introduced to Aaron by a mutual friend. Both had embarked on different musical ventures, but in coming together, swiftly realised the music they were making was worthy of more than just a side-project tag. Soon Chris was introduced to the band, and thus Banfi was born.
Finding a new base in East London was a turning point, finding their feet in a home that encouraged and nurtured creativity.
“Living in East London, I’ve met a lot of his friends who are musicians, especially through Aaron” says Joe. “We have a centre of people where we feel like we can get away with stuff and be creative amongst each other.”
The creativity doesn’t stop at the music. The band are consciously developing an aesthetic around their work, enlisting the help of director/ photographer Jake Dypka - previously known for his work with Transgressive’s Dry the River.
“We owe a lot to Jake who does all the visuals and his style just really suits our sound and look. It feels like it’s a place where people can bounce of one another.” comments Joe.
Quickly signing with Communion Records, the band have been developing their sound live as much as in the studio. Support slots with Nathaniel Rateliff and fellow Communion act Bear’s Den have seen them begin to grow a steady fanbase, while cutting their teeth on the festival circuit in 2016 at the likes of The Great Escape and Citadel festivals. Pretty impressive for a band who had yet to release their debut single.
Then it’s been into the studio to work with Bombay Bicycle Club and Honne producer Rich Wilkinson. The first cut is the irresistible ‘Happy When You Go’ an insight into the band’s blend of layered guitar-inflected alternative-pop, that has already been heralded by blogs across the world including Clash and Nylon.
With their full-length debut album pencilled for 2017, and a monthly residency of shows lined up in East London’s Old Blue Last - it won’t be long until Banfi break through.
FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER
THE LOUISIANA Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UA Doors 7.30pm Ages 16+ (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)
Bryde is Pembrokeshire-born, Brixton-based Sarah Howells and an electric guitar, singing fierce and fragile songs about entangling and unravelling. Earning comparisons to Sharon Van Etten, PJ Harvey and Jeff Buckley, her powerful vocals, sharp, evocative lyricism and searing guitar tones have won plaudits from the likes of NYLON, The 405 and The Line Of Best Fit.
"Wait" and "Help Yourself" from her debut EP were lauded by blogs and supported by Huw Stephens at Radio 1, BBC Introducing in Wales and London, Tom Robinson and Chris Hawkins at Radio 6, Goldierocks on Selector Radio and Maz Tappuni at Radio X.
Summer 2016 saw Bryde perform at a number of UK festivals, including Green Man, Dot to Dot and How The Light Gets In, as well as embark on a whistle-stop tour of the US, taking in New York, Nashville and LA.
Whilst in LA she recorded a song for EP2 with Rufus Wainwright's producer Chris Sorem. She then completed the EP recording three songs with Bill Ryder-Jones at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool. Its two singles, 'Honey', and Wouldn't That Make You Feel Good? have already seen radio support from BBC 6music, BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, on top of several key Spotify playlists.
"Bryde's first offering is a tender, wiry piece of tearjerk folk-pop. The swirling, swollen textures and rippling electric guitars bear resemblance to Daughter or HAWK" - The Line Of Best Fit
"..atmosphere builds, and twinkling teardrops of light appear – an electronic sound that somehow feels totally organic. If this is Bryde’s early work, there’s plenty to look forward to". - The Most Radicalist
"We’ve witnessed the emergence of some great singer-songwriters over the year, but the best may have been indeed saved for last with the arrival of Brixton native Bryde. Her debut single, “Wait”, is – in a word – remarkable. " The Revue.ca
"Surely you’ve left some room on your year-end, best-of lists, because “Wait”, the electrifying new single from Brixton-based singer and songwriter Bryde, will require a spot in its upper reaches. “ - The Autumn Roses