Toronto/ Montreal-based rock band, BANO has recently recorded an EP which was produced by Dave Traina, the drummer for The Damn Truth. Check out one of the tracks off of the EP, “My Time” below, and find out more about BANO in our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is BANO and I’m a rock artist from Montreal, Canada. I’ve worked as a freelance songwriter and guitarist until I decided to put the focus on writing music that excites me. The last 12 months have been dedicated to developing a refreshing blues sound and the EP that is being released in 2019 is a successful reflection of that goal.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
The music is a blend of old and new; newer production methods with an old school approach to songwriting; If I have a story to tell I pour my heart out on the guitar and write lyrics that provoke the emotion that I’m feeling. Not writing for the masses but rather for that 1 person who is having a shit day and needs some new age blues to get them out of a rut.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
I’m planning a release show for early October. It’s a classic blues model: engaging the crowd in long-winded guitar-driven jams with a mix of anthem-style sing-a-long type choruses. One show will be in Toronto and the other in Montreal. Can’t wait to get out there and perform – the band is absolutely killer.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
Definitely ‘My Time’, it’s got this raw edge to it – it gets you moving and off your feet and it’s probably my favorite song to play live.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
Right now I can’t get enough of anything Dallas Green puts out. I’m also a big fan of The Damn Truth and The Sheepdogs. All bands that have influenced my style in one way or another.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.