Banooba

Banooba

 New York City, New York, USA
BandRock

Over the years, Banooba has developed and become known for their high-energy live performance which is guaranteed to keep you moving all night long. "Banooba’s music is catchy and dynamic, moving from tight, progressive passages to the most infectious, pop rock choruses known to humanity” says John Pfeiffer of The Aquarian Weekly.

Biography

Taking cues from all of their influences including funk, jazz, reggae and rock Banooba is the latest hybrid to successfully incorporate all of these elements into their own signature sound. Having been compared to a range of bands, including Sublime, The Allman Brothers, Blind Melon, Umphreys Mcgee, Incubus, and Average White Band, peoples description of their music varies depending on who you ask.

Over the years, Banooba has developed and become known for their high-energy live performance which is guaranteed to keep you moving all night long. No matter what type of music you are into, you are going to have a good time at a Banooba show. These guys groove like its their last day on earth, with irresistible songs and wicked musicianship says Dan Brown Good Times Magazine.

Banoobas debut album, Banoobas Travels, represents both the apex and beginning of a greater adventure than the guys in Banooba could have ever predicted. At the time of its release, it was the culmination of a long road led by their founding member and departed soul Kevin Kershko, Banoobas original lead guitarist. Produced by Mike Watts and bolstered by horns from Rob Somerville of the uber-funky Deep Banana Blackout Banoobas Travels is an energetic collection that showcases Banoobas finest assets. However as it turned out this was just the first chapter of Banoobas travels.

In 2005, the band came to a screeching halt due to the untimely passing of guitarist Kevin Kershko. His death was a shock to his band mates and they initially figured that it was also the end of Banooba. I was personally about to hang up my guitar, quit music, and move to Hawaii, says Torres. But the band agreed to play a Kershko memorial performance with long-time friend Dave Mackie sitting in on guitar. They immediately recognized that even without their musical brother and founder, Banoobas heart lived on. Eight months later, the band re-emerged with new guitarist Vinny Raniolo before settling on their current guitarist Sean Larkin.

Banooba came back strong and quickly began to gain popularity. Soon after their return, Sinora (which was featured on the compilation cd included in the November, 2006 issue of Relix) found itself in rotation on numerous college and commercial radio stations as well as Sirius Satellites Jam On station where it quickly reached #1. Banooba was also featured as Jamband.coms New Groove of the Month for the month of March, 2007.

Banooba continued to tour clubs and colleges around the Northeast as well as the US Virgin Islands, where they have been adopted by the locals and paved the way for the development of a USVI Music scene. In the late winter of 2007, Banooba traveled to Costa Rica for a national tour in support of Costa Ricas most popular band, Gandhi. In addition to picking up a number of new fans, Banooba received national press, appearing in various newspapers several times throughout the tour. They also gave radio and television interviews and soon their music found itself into rotation on a number of commercial radio stations in Costa Rica.

Next, Banooba embarked on their first Midwest tour, after which they headed across the pond to the UK for a 20-date tour of England, Scotland and Wales. Upon their return, Banooba immediately reentered the studio to record their follow up to Banoobas Travels.

In their sophomore effort, the members of Banooba have pushed themselves to explore the many forms their music can take, and have made significant strides; Nomads and Bellowing Rooms depicts a more mature Banooba that has strengthened its signature sound and expanded its musical range.   Overall, Nomads and Bellowing Rooms proved that the spirit of Banooba was one that could overcome severe loss and reemerge with exponential growth.

Despite the potential of the new lineup, Banooba suffered another setback shortly after completing Nomads with the departure of lead singer Ryan OConnor. After trying out a few replacements, the band found itself on an extended hiatus, with members performing in various other projects.

In October of 2010, Banooba hooked up with singer Jason Murden and decided to schedule some rehearsal time to see if they had finally found their new frontman. Just as with Larkin, there was an instant connection and the band quickly began cranking out new music.

Now armed with their new singer, this never-say-die band is back with new material and ready to take the music scene by storm. With a new studio album currently in the works, Banooba is once again bringing their high-energy live performances to clubs, colleges and festivals around the Northeast. Though its travels havent always been smooth, Banoobas spirit is stronger than ever and on the rise again dont miss it.

Discography

Banooba's Travels - 2004
Nomads & Bellowing Rooms - 2008

New Album - Coming 2014

Set List

Banooba's typical set usually ranges from 45 minutes to 4 hrs. It consists mostly of originals and interesting versions of popular and "B-side" covers.

Originals:
-No Anesthesia
-Sinora
-Just Like Houdini
- UFB
-Good & Evil
- Someday
- She
- Wasted Time
- Super the Hero
- Killer in the Buyou
- Just Music
- Be Gone
- The Process
-Wen
-Crazy Cab Driver
- Cobblestone
-Vertical
-My Day Off
-Waves
-Against the Grain
- The Process
- Beggin For Forgiveness
-Make Things Right
-On the Level
-Take it Slow
-Days I Remember
-Wait Right Here
-Chicken Wangs (With Extra Sauce)
-A Place for Us
-Sunshine
-The Real Me
-Ping Pong
-Make Me Believe
-Beach
-Stop Me Now
-Passions Be

Covers:
- Gimme Some Lovin - Winwood
- Steppin Out - Steel Pulse