HIYA PALS. I’m sorry we’ve been so quiet lately, there’s been a whole bunch of ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (as David Bowie would put it) happening in Banana Land, and we’ve just been finding our feet, settling our heads, dusting off our lapels, etc.
As you may (or may not) know, I’ve upped sticks to The Big Smoke, for better or for worse. At the moment, it’s definitely better – except for the price of a pint and the severe lack of Buckfast. Aside from that, I’m having a blast. In other news and in stark contrast, Calum (the other songwriter, guitar player, bearded buffoon, cheesy grinner, all-round dude) has just bought a little house by the sea in Ireland, and will be moving there in the next few months so he can spend the rest of his days, or some of them at least, surfing, playing the guitar and growing his beard.
It’s to be expected that things change and life goes on and all that banter, but it’s with a very heavy heart that we announce that The Banana Sessions you all know and love have ‘disbanded’ as it were. I’m sure some of you knew already, but we hadn’t made an official announcement as such. With all of us being really busy with a million different musical projects and jobs, and trying to balance it alongside some sort of personal life… well, it all got a bit messy. Rather than drag out what was one of the most amazing, humbling, funnest and funniest times of our lives, we thought we’d call it a day and end it on a positive note.
HOWEVER, do not be alarmed. Musicians don’t just stop making music. Instead, we’re just changing it up a bit. Those of you who’ve been following us since the beginning will know that The Banana Sessions began as a duo – just Calum and myself. We wrote a bunch of songs, met Tom Pickles, wrote a bunch of other songs, met Cal Mac, wrote a bunch of other songs and then met the mighty Tombo and smashed a shit load of gigs. It was a project that was growing over the space of about 5 years, and a bloody good 5 years it was too. So, with everybody’s lives going in different directions (Horndog Brass Band, The Mike Kearney Katet, NoFitState Circus), Calum and I thought we’d strip it down and take it back to the roots.
For all those who made it to our last gig as a bunch of five, we salute you. That was probably our best gig to date. For all those who made it along to mine and Calum’s first intimate gig as The Banana Sessions Songwriters at Douglas’ infamous house concerts, you’ll have a little insight into how this is going to sound.
THE AWESOME NEWS is we have brand new album coming out and it’s almost finished. We’ve been working on it for the past little while, hence why we’ve been so quiet, and it’s almost ready. It features songs that Calum and I were writing for the majority of 2011/2012 and it features Euan Burton on double bass and Doug Hough on drums. As I type this, Calum is in The Depot with Sir Garry Boyle (he’s not a Sir, but he should be) recording some of Scotland’s finest musical maestros (Mike Kearney, Martin Green, to name a couple. Not a gay couple. Just two names. Calm down. Stop spreading rumours.)
It’s called Be Bold and Brilliant, in tribute to our pal Big Phil, and inspired by a poem by Amelia Parisian. It’s sounding really cool. Quite folky, quite intricate, quite mellow. It’s pretty different to anything we’ve done before, but we hope you dig it. Like a totally reeking matured cheese.
We can also hook you up with a cheeky free download of this remix of Whirlpool, courtesy of Morphamish, Daddy Scrabble and Dave Volitantes. It should be the perfect soundtrack for this Sunday, which (apparently) is going to be the hottest day of the year so far.
Roberta Banana x