The Changing Same: The Changing Same (Powertools)

 |   |  <1 min read

The Changing Same: Repeat After Me
The Changing Same: The Changing Same (Powertools)

Mainman here is Hamilton-based Matthew Bannister, formerly of Flying Nun's Sneaky Feelings and Dribbling Darts of Love, onetime Mutton Bird, briefly a solo artist as One Man Bannister, and more recently guiding the Weather.

An abiding theme in his music has been a gentleness of spirit and sentiment, folk-framed melodies beefed up by guitars and suburban/domestic preoccupations. (He follows his earlier Sandringham written when in Auckland with the droll Hillcrest here).

He also addresses listeners and his subject directly (“Are you paying attention to what I am saying” on Repeat After Me and “I don't think you'll like this song” on Conspiracy Theory) which hook you in as much as chord progressions and melodies which link McCartney's early solo albums with early Flying Nun (notably on the slightly edgy Don't Knock at My Door which reflects on Dunedin days, and the lovely, parental Dedicated with its conversational lyrics).

Bannister makes few demands of his audience (the Chris Knox-like I Wanna Be a Guru is pretty lame though) but leads gently by the hand, and if that makes him less than cutting edge and quite distant from much New Zealand rock you suspect he couldn't be happier.

There's mostly a sense of contentment here in songs which are intelligently understated but well dressed by brusque guitars and subtle embellishments.

Quiet, comfortable and enjoyable.

Like the sound of this? Then check out this.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Sugarbug: Flutterbye (Powertool Records)

Sugarbug: Flutterbye (Powertool Records)

As I understand it, this quietly fascinating collection by a Wellington four-piece is a reissue of songs previously unissued. To backtrack then: Some of these 10 songs topped the capital's... > Read more

Pet Shop Boys: Electric (x2)

Pet Shop Boys: Electric (x2)

The PSBoys' aural fingerprint is so distinctive that it might be possible to go two ways on this one. You could say "heard it all before" in terms of dancefloor-directed beats, cool... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2007: Watermelon Slim and the Workers; The Wheel Man (Southbound)

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2007: Watermelon Slim and the Workers; The Wheel Man (Southbound)

To be honest I didn't quite "get" the last, self-titled, album by this rough'n'ready bluesman, but I was clearly in the minority: the album won the Mojo magazine and the Independent Music... > Read more

Mick Jagger and me: Passing ships

Mick Jagger and me: Passing ships

It's a little known fact, but Mick Jagger and I are real tight. And that's not just me saying that. The last time I saw Jagger -- whom I call Mick, of course -- he shook my hand and said,... > Read more