This week’s edition of #TBT features one of our favourites, the incredible BANFI! One year ago, the pop-rock trio released the warm and passionate ‘She Comes Home’, featuring frontman Joe Banfi’s signature sugary vocals with dreamy guitar and synth accompaniment. They soon released its complementary video a couple of weeks later.
The East Londoners did not hold back during festival season of 2017, playing sets at London’s Citadel Festival, Derbyshire’s Y Not Festival, Newquay’s Boardmasters and Portsmouth’s Victorious Festival.
With no time to waste, BANFI released their next single ‘June’ the following month (in August, not June) and it’s accompanying video in September.
September was a milestone month for the boys as they embarked on their first ever headline tour with alternative singer-songwriter Bryde, including sold out shows in both London and Bristol! Later in the month, they continued touring in Germany supporting Essex singer-songwriter Jospeh J Jones.
A couple of months later, November saw the release of the bitter sweet ‘Caroline’. Premiering on Radio X, ‘Caroline’ is perfect for the Christmas season. BANFI explained on Facebook the track was a recent production, written by Joe for his parents and those who had undergone family-loss in youth. The video was released in early December.
After a break over Christmas and the New Year, BANFI released their first single of 2018 and first track from their forthcoming EP, ‘Never Really Cared’, a track so gently candid, it breaks hearts.
March was a big month for the trio. They released a beautiful rendition of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Mercy Street’ at the start of the month, quickly followed by an appearance on Fourpure Brewing Co.’s podcast. Mid-March saw the release of their highly anticipated The Jack Powell EP soon followed by a new video for ‘Never Really Cared’. They achieved all this while they were on a UK and European tour supported by South London four-piece MUMMY! What a month!
BANFI aren’t all about the music, either. In April, they linked up with Signature Brew to create their very own beer and held a launch party where they played a few tracks and… well, drank beer! The boys were also privileged to have filmed a live session at RAK recording studios, performing a cover of Kim Wilde’s ‘Kids In America’.
Not quite a year later, ‘She Comes Home’ impressively (but not surprisingly) hit one million streams on Spotify in May! The following month saw the release of a reimagined version of ‘Future’ by the talented Pêtr Aleksänder.
The boys re-brewed their BANFI beer at the beginning of this month and celebrated with a BANFI Beer Bar Crawl of acoustic performances across five venues in East London. Novel!
Coming up, BANFI will be continuing their unique touring approach by embarking on an acoustic summer tour across Europe, playing intimate shows in fans’ houses, gardens, and wherever possible! Don’t miss them when they’re near you.
BANFI provided us a more personal insight into their year: “It’s been a good year. We spent the rest of last summer playing festivals in various weather conditions and then did our first headline UK tour in September. Then we met Eliot James and recorded a song with him called “Caroline” which we put out as a Christmas single. We also started doing a Spotify podcast called “High Banfidelity” where you can hear the three of us talking about music.
“We all worked extra jobs a lot in January to pay off Christmas debts, whilst writing songs. Then in March we released The Jack Powell EP. We did a UK and Europe tour in support of it which was great – lots of sold out shows and happy nights. After tour we hooked up with Signature Brewery to make a fruit sour beer called Banfi which has been flying out the pub taps all over East London!
“Then we locked ourselves away to write a load of songs which we started recording with Eliot James in May. He’s just about finished mixing them all and we’ll be releasing new music later this year and doing a lot more touring!”