The other day, I got an Email from a band that pretty much read ‘we’re a band from Birmingham and we sound like Blakfish’
Does it get any sweeter than that?
Cal Banda is the name of said band, and you know what? They’re not far off! The four-piece noise makers from sunny Birmingham have just released their debut EP ‘Another Minute Made Fiasco’ and from the moment first track ‘Cut The Kings’ starts, it’s instantly grabbing you round the throat and shouting ‘BLAKFISH’ in your face. But that’s not detrimental to them, and they’re certainly not ripping off the dearly departed four-piece from the West Midlands, who captured our hearts way back when. But they’ve got that same jagged, stabbing mathy guitar sound and shouting vocal style, and it sounds pretty incredible for a debut. The band also take influence from the likes of And So I Watch You From Afar, Reuben, Every Time I Die and, as they put it, “…generally anything loud and ballsy!”
With only a handful of live dates under their belt, the lads are eager to get out and play more shows, and I can only see this debut EP helping. Frantic and completely engrossing, at just over ten minutes it’s the best introduction possible for the band. I’ve only just heard of them and I’m chomping at the bit to get a chance to check them out live! Having missed out on all the fuss with Blakfish and never catching them live, I certainly won’t miss out when it comes to Cal Banda.
‘Another Minute Made Fiasco’ was released at the start of March, and you can check it out below. Produced, engineered and mixed by Luke Titmus in Birmingham, it was mastered by Robin Schmidt at 24-96 Mastering in Berlin, Germany. The sick artwork was provided by Murray Somerville.