One Man Bannister- Evolver

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All tracks performed and recorded by Matthew Bannister in Hamilton, NZ (2011-2012). This album is a tribute to the Beatles "Revolver"

Andrew Johnstone (from the "Matthew Bannister Story"):

"In 2013 Bannister watched with interest as his students tackled a recording project where they were assigned classic albums and asked to re-record them. One of the albums was The Beatles ‘Revolver’ which proved too difficult for those concerned and was abandoned but not before it had set Bannister’s creative mind into motion.

He decided to have a crack at it himself and the result was released later that year on Powertool Records to universal acclaim. Peaking at number 16 on the national album charts, One Man Bannister’s ‘Evolver’ became his most successful post Sneaky’s endeavour, both critically and commercially.

Bannister: “You release something original and the response is ‘Ho Hum’ but then you say ‘I have reinterpreted the Beatles’ and everyone is interested.” The irony has not escaped an artist who has long struggled for recognition but there was an upside. On the back of that success he was approached by boutique German cassette label Thokei Tapes who released the third One Man Bannister album ‘Birds and Bees’ in 2015."

Graham Reid on Elsewhere:

“Here Matthew Bannister (formerly of the Flying Nun band Sneaky Feelings and many other subsequent groups) under his most recent nom-de-disque One Man Bannister undertakes his own interpretations of this remarkable album.

It is quite a stretch for one person — Yellow Submarine to Eleanor Rigby, let alone Tomorrow Never Knows — and made more so when it is just done at home as a labour of love. But, against those formidable odds, this is not just very good indeed but it cuts dead some of those English or American outfits who have done similar things for a giveaway CD on a British magazine…Beatle/Bannister fan or not, you deserve to hear this.

Russell Brown on Public Address:

“I’ve always liked a good cover version. The reinterpretation of a song can expand its meaning, or just be fun. Matthew Bannister’s Evolver, a confident retelling of the whole of The Beatles’ best album, Revolver, does both…

You can imagine he might have been daunted in taking on his heroes, but on Evolver the opposite is true. He seems relaxed, not intimidated by the material. The songs are thought through in interesting ways, sometimes, as he puts it, “in terms of other Beatles songs, their influences, or other artists whom they have influenced.””


released December 1, 2016



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