Indie Rockers The Bankes Brothers Reflect on Nostalgic New Single “In Waves”

Victoria, BC four-piece The Bankes Brothers—brothers Nelson and Morgan Bankes on vocals and guitar, lead guitarist Carson Cleaver, and drummer Gray Oxley—formed in a pool hall one Friday night in 2017. Within three days of the first show, they had written a handful of original songs. The result is In Waves, a six-track shot of dopamine spilling over with irresistibly catchy melodies, exhilarating vocals, and joyous indie-rock instrumentation. Produced and recorded by indie legend Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, The Zolas, Mounties), the EP culminates the band’s wide-ranging influences—from Elvis to The Strokes, Paul Simon to The Pixies—and comes together in a way that defies sonic parallels yet remains welcomingly familiar. 

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The honest simplicity of the Bankes’ lyrics leaves space for the energetic melodies to pick you up and sweep you away, again and again and again. The EP’s title track just begs to be belted out, whether driving in your car or locked arm-in-arm with your best friend at one of the band’s electric live shows. It addresses the highs and lows of life, serving as a reminder that things come “In Waves” and you’ll get through it.

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