I’ve just picked up Wolverhampton duo Under A Banner’s debut album The Ragged Rhythm Of Rain via bandcamp, and am on second listen already.
The multi-talented pair Adam Broadhurst and Jonathan Millington pack so many genres into this album, helped along by their skilled playing many instruments, and desire to bring something slightly different to the British public.
It starts off punky, fresh and catchy with Steam, which immediately lifts you into the album and makes you want more.
Moving through the energetic, folky style of When We Used To Dance, and the slower, acoustic Inseparable, we are led to new single Some Stories, which will be released on June 24th in aid of the Help For Heroes charity. A poignant song about ex-soldiers, this song has power and passion in abundance.
The Scream is an uplifting song with lovely, light, Spanish sounding guitar, yet deep, almost angry, vocals. It’s a very interesting mixture of styles, and they’ve pulled it off.
Next up are Summer Skies, a toe-tapping delight of a song, and the beautiful First Light, which features tom-tom drums by the sound of things, then that soaring electric guitar, giving it an extra and unexpected dimension.
This Is England Now is a song for the football fans among you, celebrating being a part of something massive and irrepressible. Anthemic, huge and powerful, this will be especially popular at gigs. “There is glory, glory in the sun; There is glory, glory in the rain.”
High Clear has a thought-provoking message of hope and freedom. If you’re feeling down at all, listen to this song – it’s one of those feel good tunes of the Summer, I think!
The album’s penultimate song is Sunburst, a lovely little tune about getting away from reality to somewhere more positive. I like this a lot, its simplicity is appealing, and I love the acoustic guitar solo in the middle of the song.
Ending the album is Back To The Sea, a lovely, calming song with a beautifully layered melody and poetic, inspiring lyrics sung by the instantly recognisable vocals of Broadhurst. Sublime.
Overall, this is a great album, especially for a debut! It will appeal to fans of indie, alternative, folk, rock & acoustic music.
Under A Banner have the following upcoming gigs:
Saturday May 18th – The Boar’s Head, Kidderminster
Sunday May 26th – The Stile’s Festival Of Music, Wolverhampton
Friday May 31st, The Islington, Islington, London
Saturday 1st June, The Old Beams, Stourport on Severn
Friday 7th June, The Shed, Leicester
Saturday 15th June, Cafe Blend, Birmingham FREE GIG
Saturday 29th June, Furthest Point From The Sea Festival, Market Square, Derby
Sunday 7th July, The Robin 2, Bilston, West Midlands (supporting Quill)
Saturday 4th August, Pagan Pride Festival, Nottingham Arboretum
Keep an eye on Under A Banner in the following places, to find out more news, and how to purchase Some Stories, the single in aid of Help For Heroes!