New Zealand-via Melbourne band Banks Arcade recently signed to UNFD.
Bringing a fresh dose of modern heavy to Australian shores, Banks Arcade straddle elements of hard rock, electro and metalcore, taking influence from names like Northlane, The Prodigy and SAINt JHN. Today’s news comes alongside the reveal of their frenzied new single “Don’t Start”, a determined effort both musically and visually, that will no doubt snap heads. Meanwhile, the group details their newly-formed worldwide management and booking team below.
“It has an unwavering confidence to it” Banks Arcade vocalist Joshua O’Donnell declares of “Don’t Start”. “The song is aimed at those who try to tear us down behind closed doors but would never have the guts to front up and say something in person. It also speaks to the fact that most people talking shit the loudest are only doing it because they are threatened by you. It’s important to back yourself and not get too caught up on what others say”.
“We are all trying to do this life thing right and we have to heal from shit, and most of the time people saying negative things are just using that as a way to deal with their own trauma. I just let it roll off my back and choose to focus on getting better at what I do”.
Reflecting on their ambitious beginnings out of Auckland just a handful of years ago, O’Donnell shares that the first lyrics Banks Arcade penned together were “I always wanted to make history”. Heard on the single they would eventually title ‘Ambition’, this sentiment has carried through in every highly considered creative move the band has made since. From their compelling visuals and stage presence to their boundary-pushing sound, this history-making urge is evident from all angles of the Banks Arcade camp.
This unshakable sense of vision and resolve has taken the group to new heights on each release. Following their 2018 debut EP Endnote Banks Arcade backed it up with 2020’s Fever Dreams, spawning colossal singles like ‘Sick’ and ‘Drown’ while amassing over 1 Million streams.
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