Ethereal layers of spacious, soul-drenched indie-pop – that is the craft of singer-songwriter BANFF. Benjamin Forbes, the former front-man of Brisbane group Little Casino, stepped away from the band environment mid-2014 with a thirst to explore new songwriting ground, something he has achieved in spades with his debut EP ‘Future Self’.
With all three singles from ‘Future Self’ receiving solid national and community radio support with ‘All Again’ receiving spot rotation on Triple J and full rotation on Sydney’s FBi. A Triple J Unearthed Feature Artist spot. Sold-out shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, both as a headliner and in support of acts such as Meg Mac, Vallis Alps, Montaigne and Japanese Wallpaper. A celebrated showcase at Bigsound and at Falls Festival Byron on New Years Day. BANFF is making all the right noises and his story is only just beginning.
The BANFF story began on a train from Vancouver to Banff, Canada, an 18 year old Forbes with a mini travel guitar in hand: “I wrote my first song as we approached Banff, so that town brings back great writing memories for me” says Forbes. “When I started the project, I really wanted to reflect on what it meant to me as a writer and an artist, and that affiliation with Banff the town really reminded me of why I became a songwriter and what music means to me.”
Full of inspiration for his new project, Forbes packed his bags mid 2014 and flew south to collaborate with Tom Iansek (Big Scary / #1 Dad’s) at Big Scary’s Mixed Business studio in Melbourne. The sessions delivered a delicate and dutifully honest collection of tracks, with the result being BANFF’s debut EP ‘Future Self’. “The writing and recording process was really about getting back to basics, becoming a better songwriter and reflecting on past experiences in music and life in general to capture a moment where there was a bit more clarity” notes Forbes, “[the EP] comes from a very genuine and authentic place”. With recurring themes of frustration and celebration, “a push-pull sort of effect”, ‘Future Self’ is a confident and exciting debut, revealing BANFF as a rising new Australian talent.