Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The ShortListen: BANNERS (no. 215)

Who? BANNERS

What’s the story? It's tempting to look at the likes of Coldplay and Snow Patrol and imagine that it's easy to do what they do. There's no complicated chords there, no crazy time signatures or sonic weirdness. But to nail those soaring melodies and speak straight to the hearts of many millions people is maddeningly difficult to do - many try, and many fail. But we have hopes for Liverpool singer/songwriter Mike Nelson, aka BANNERS, with this song, taken from his first EP since signing to Island Records. The chorus is uplifting and euphoric, and his voice has the same direct qualities as Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody - no vocal mannerisms here, just straight to the point emotional indie. Is it Chasing Cars? Well... no... but it's a great track and we're sure he's got plenty more up his sleeve to come next year.

For fans of: Coldplay, Snow Patrol

In three words: Stadium indie sounds

Click here for more ShortListens

Listen to all of them as they become available, on this Spotify Playlist

Related

loyal1.png

The ShortListen: Loyal (no. 214)

mysteryjets1.jpg

The ShortListen: Mystery Jets (no. 213)

wildpalms1.jpg

The ShortListen: Wild Palms (no. 212)

pesky1.jpg

The ShortListen: Pesky (no. 211)

embers1.jpg

The ShortListen: Embers (no. 210)

adamfrench1.jpg

The ShortListen: Adam French (no. 209)

palacewinter2.jpg

The ShortListen: Palace Winter (no. 208)

honne2015.jpg

The ShortListen: Honne (no. 207)

oversands1.jpg

The ShortListen: Over Sands (no. 206)

Comments

More

The Fyre Festival looks like one of the worst events in human history

People have spent up to $12,000 on an unfolding disaster of an experience that you will not believe

by Tom Mendelsohn
28 Apr 2017

These iconic album covers look better as children

We couldn't do a version with the Nevermind baby

by Tom Victor
27 Apr 2017

Would you like to see Kermit The Frog cover R Kelly’s Ignition (Remix)

So baby give me that ribbet ribbet

by Gary Ogden
27 Apr 2017

Fake Radiohead cover of 'Gasolina' is the best thing on the internet

It's as real as you want it to be

by Matt Tate
26 Apr 2017

Check out the blistering new track from Judas

London-based quartet unveil 'Some People'

by Dave Fawbert
25 Apr 2017

The 10 best Mike Skinner remixes, B-sides, and rarities

The Main Lad is back and we're celebrating

by Tayler Willson
24 Apr 2017

If Ed Sheeran is really about to quit music, who are we to argue?

No harm in getting out while you're ahead

by Tom Victor
24 Apr 2017

The UK grime scene is backing Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister

Finally some allies for the Labour party

by Tom Mendelsohn
24 Apr 2017

The 14 best covers of Prince songs that show his versatile genius

Some serious tunes

by Dave Fawbert
21 Apr 2017

Guy finds out his lost wallet led to a 14-year-long drinking challenge

This is some story

by Matt Tate
19 Apr 2017