large_140623bbWant a new drug? From the band that once brought you “Killer Weed,”now shoote a primse snoutful of powder! “Powder8 Eeeeeeeeight,” to be precise; an over-the-edge jamthem from the new Black Bananas long player, the epic Electric Brick Wall! It’s quite possible this black slabbath of an album is already on display at your local dealer’s pad. Electric Brick Wall has already blow’d critics’ ear-nostrils the world over, causing visceral excitement, panic, confusion, elation and miscellanious manias leading to spontaneous dancing and all-out booty-rocking-that-rocks-the-booty-party! – for all that hear it. Like the best things in life, Black Bananas’ Electric Brick Wall gets higher with frequent, repeated dosages. So take a hit and prepare for some real life interaction (they’re not all out to get you) as Black Bananas announce their European tour.

Black Bananas is Jennifer Herrema, Nadav Eisenman, Brian McKinley and Kurt Midness. They work with their machines to play rock that’s progressive, experimenting and never less than exciting.

With eyes and ears out for the phases and strains of rock past and present, Black Bananas are on the lookout for a sound that mainly exists in their mind, an idea of sound to wrap around the tunes, a cattle-prod sneaking around the backside of your aural cortex. To jolt you into magical thinking. And to make you jump, and make your hair stand up. Yeah, Black Bananas’ production pays forward the psychotropic effect with ultimate line blur, but Electric Brick Wall is solidly composed of time-tested elements – the beat, the groove, licks, builds and bridges, fused together for projection as a new musical shred-spress to the stars.

The lead single, “Physical Emotions,” is a dance-floor blast that our ears and minds deeply needed – an invitation back in da club – and now Electric Brick Wall solves even more problems by introducing more and harder beats, upping the sugar quotient along with the strychnine in a line of insanely hilarious new music hybrids aplenty. It’s an age of hybrids – but Black Bananas come on with hot Yankee ingenuity, true cross-breeders with a refreshing lack of values and a corresponding shortage of shame, producing variations like trance-bounce, new jack metal, dub-gum, rhythm-n-bus, nu country-psych-hop and glam-core. The gamut of these and more is run, and there’s so much to hear inside the Electric Brick Wall of sound – played on the guitar simulator, the digital saw and the blues synth, tweaked to wack perfection, with vocals, vocals and more vocals.

Because no matter how elevated their strange sonic pursuit, Black Bananas keep their feet on the ground, their toes in the sand of life as it is down in the street. The ultimate hybrid is the dream of the reality of the dream. On Electric Brick Wall, Black Bananas are in total control. They’ve stood up next to the mountain and they’re electric; they’re splayed out in front of the brick wall, an iconic backdrop for rock and rollers of infinite ages – but this time, it’s a wall with a switch, a wall that you can turn on and off. Black Bananas are a band with the tools in their hand, hotwiring the concept of what they can be and not needing to be anything else.


10th – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

11th – The 100 Club, London

Black Bananas – ‘Electric Brick Wall’ was released through Drag City on June 23rd

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