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The True Story of Bananagun (deluxe edition)

Full Time Hobby

love record stores edition - super limited red / yellow splatter lp + bonus 7"

Released: 18th Dec 2020


Hailing from Melbourne, but with a sound stretching from 60s and 70s afrobeat and exotica to Fela Kuti-esque repetition, the proto-garage rhythmic fury of The Monks and the grooves of Os Mutantes, there’s an enticing lost world exoticism to the music of Bananagun.

It’s the sort of stuff that could’ve come from a dusty record crate of hidden gems; yet as the punchy, colourfully vibrant pair of singles Do Yeah and Out of Reach have proven over the past 12 months, the band are no revivalists. On debut album The True Story of Bananagun, they make a giant leap forward with their outward-looking blend of global tropicalia. "We didn't want to do what everyone else was doing,” says Nick van Bakel, the band’s founder, guitarist, vocalist and flautist. “We wanted it to be vibrant, colourful and have depth like the jungle. Like an ode to nature." Van Bakel was joined first by cousin Jimi Gregg on drums, while friends Jack Crook (guitar/vocals), Charlotte Tobin (djembe/percussion) and Josh Dans (bass) complete the five-piece. The True Story of Bananagun was borne out of late-night practice jams and hangs at producer John Lee’s Phaedra Studios

The True Story of Bananagun (deluxe edition)


  1. Bang Go The Bongos
  2. The Master
  3. People Talk Too Much
  4. Freak Machine
  5. Bird Up!
  6. Out of Reach
  7. She Now
  8. Perfect Stranger
  9. Mushroom Bomb
  10. Modern Day Problems
  11. Taking the Present for Granted
  12. Taking the Present For Granted (Traffik Island Remix)
  13. Out Of Reach (Maston Remix)