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Bannerman Announces New Album and Tour

Bannerman Announces New Album and Tour

Friday 21st October, 2011 9:52AM

Many were taken aback with their first listen of Richard Setford's new project Bannerman upon the release of their debut album The Dusty Dream Hole last year. His husky baritone voice taking the lead in this project and to great effect. Bannerman are now back with a follow up titled Dearly Departed out at the end of the month. To celebrate Setford with full band are hitting the road for a North Island tour at the end of November.  Check out the dates below and here is the first single  ' 'The Howling Wind' from the album....

Bannerman - Dearly Departed Album Release Tour

Friday 18th Nov, Golden Dawn - Auckland
w/ Heart Attack Alley

Friday 2nd Dec, Cabana - Napier
w/ Devil’s Elbow

Saturday 3rd Dec, The Burgendy Room - Wellington
w/ Rosy Tin Tea Caddy

Friday 16th Dec, Leigh Sawmill Cafe - Leigh
w/ Artisan Guns + Jellphonic

Tickets for selected shows on sale Mon 31st October from here at UTR.

Press Release:

Bannerman features the songwriting of Richard Setford, whose work is diversely affecting, slightly unhinged, fragile and quietly dramatic. The Bannerman world is a place of imagination and cinematic ambition. Think wind swept battlefields, detached murderers, nostalgic lovers, natural disasters and the shadow of time. All these themes and images are at play on his new album Dearly Departed.

The album follows hot on the heels of 2010’s debut, The Dusty Dream Hole, which was nominated for a Tui (best cover art) and a Silver Scroll ("She Was A Mountainside"), and is in many ways this album’s sequel. Let’s recap - over an intensive three days in 2008, Richie and Ruby Suns drummer Alistair Deverick went into Auckland’s Lab Studios and laid down 26 songs that were originally intended for a double album. It soon became clear that he had bitten off more than he could chew and with time and money against him only 14 tracks were released.

And so now, Bannerman unveils those final songs as the album Dearly Departed. It is at turns, both thrilling and restrained. Be prepared for quiet corners of folk, jaunty alt country, some serious guitar brutality and hope-filled pop torch-songs. The scope of the material is broad and all the better for it. It’s music that lasts.

Overdubbing for the album was tackled at Two Pot Mix Studios in Mt Albert. The process took 8 days, split between two hurried bursts of concentrated creativity in February and June, with Richie putting down everything except horns and strings. Then it was back to The Lab in September for mixing and mastering with 2011 Tui award winner Olly Harmer. The concept of a sequel is further strengthened by Angela Keoghan’s beautiful illustrations, which grace the cover once again.

For the release shows, Richie is joined by Cole Goodley (drums), Cass Mitchell (bass/vocals/percussion), Finn Scholes (trumpet/keys/vibraphone) and Matthew Ledingham (guitar/vocals). This thoughtful, somewhat overworked and underpaid bunch of hipsters have been working hard and are now a compelling beast of swirling organs, lush harmonies, shimmering guitars, weaving horn lines and drunken outbursts.

Catch the full lineup during their North Island tour, this November/December!

Nov Fri 18th – Golden Dawn (AK)
w/ Heart Attack Alley

Dec Fri 2nd – Cabana (Napier)
w/ Devil’s Elbow

Dec Sat 3rd – The Burgendy Room (Welly)
w/ Rosy Tin Tea Caddy

Dec Fri 16th – Leigh Sawmill (Leigh)
w/ Artisan Guns + Jellphonic

AND... If you're in Auckland tonight (21st Oct) Bannerman plays a free gig with Glass Owls at Lucha Lounge.


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