We are so excited to have Banta as our resident band for Mondays in February! Here are just a few things that were written about them.
“If you thought Banta‘s “Dark Charms” was a Fleetwood Mac B-side at first listen, you wouldn’t be alone. The Echo Park-based indie pop sextet’s songs embody so much of the same smooth pop folk-rock swing we’ve got a hunch that their self-titled EP (slated for a June release) is only the tip of the iceberg. Comprised of Sharaya Mikael (vocals/guitar), Kristin Hardin (vocals), Jon Marcu (drums), Scott Clear (lead guitar), Steve Oh Grohne (bass) and Alathea Reece (keys), Banta is a fairly new band but songs such as “Three Feet From Gold” and “Someday” filter their classic rock influences exceptionally well. There’s both charm and a fierceness in their songs that will have you grooving long after listening”.
“It’s still a mystery why baby boomer soft rock has become such a commodity with the younger crowd these days, but such are the effects of living in an age of pop culture that commemorates its own past. The fine-tuned midtempo singles of Echo Park troupe Banta sound like they could’ve followed a Steve Winwood number in the radio twenty years ago, but nevertheless, there’s a good reason why they’d even be featured at all. “Dark Charms”, for instance, has a stiff groove that instantly grabs you with its minimalist groove, carried by a luscious production that features the seductive vocal delivery of Sharaya Mikael. This isn’t necessarily the first incarnation of Banta’s sound, as their previous release through Bandcamp, “3 Feet From Gold”, has more of a neo-soul feel, but the steady, bourgeois tempo of “Charms” suits them very well.”
– The LA Deli