Following a very special debut live show at Auckland’s Thirsty Dog in September, One Man Bannister – aka Matthew Bannister – and his merry band take the live ‘Evolver’ experience a little further afield – to Wellington, Paekakariki, Hamilton and a reprise visit to Auckland.
The album has already picked up rave reviews from every quarter – Russell Brown, Graham Reid, Tom Cardy, Jeremy Taylor, Nick Bollinger, the Porky Prime Cuts and Active Listener blogs. The album has been featured on Nightline, Radio New Zealand National, Kiwi FM and bFM amongst others.
On ‘Evolver’ Matthew Bannister (Sneaky Feelings, the Dribbling Darts of Love, the Weather) has reinterpreted what is widely considered the Beatles’ greatest album, ‘Revolver’. Here he channels the songs either in terms of other Beatles songs, their influences, or other artists whom they have influenced. Hence “Tomorrow Never Knows” has an early 90s Madchester indie dance feel, “Yellow Submarine” is cod reggae, “She Said She Said” becomes a folk-rock waltz, “For No One” an upbeat country number and so on.
And although re-interpretations of “classic” albums are fairly common now, this is the first time one artist has covered a whole Beatles album in a way that both remains true to the spirit of the original while also adding a new twist (and shout).
The One Man Bannister live band is Matthew Bannister (vocals, guitar), Nick Johnston (keys), Paul Methven (guitar, vox), Brad Blackie (bass), Eman Comer (drums), Martin Griffiths (cello).
Support will be from the Changing Same (Matthew’s originals band) plus a few songs by Paul Methven (aka The Honeywine Stones).