Bannered Mare are back with a brand new 7 track EP. The west of Ireland outfit burst out of the gate last year as the new solo moniker of ex-Race the Flux front man Joe Padfield. His first release, the ‘Gizzards EP’, was self recorded entirely by Padfield in Mayo’s Mariachi Studios and it is a collection of beautifully reflective songs that demands repeat listens.
In the year since that release, the band has been fleshed out with some of the West’s most prolific musicians. Joining him are Paul Higgins (also formerly of Race The Flux) on Guitar, Kyle Dee (ex-Ka tet) on Bass, Derek Ellard (DerekEllardmusic) on Synth/Guitars and Dylan Murphy on Drums.
‘Fear of Missing Out’ takes full advantage of this new lineup in the studio and comprises 7 gorgeously composed math-rock anthems clocking in at just under 30 minutes. The songs are uplifting, hook filled and packed with a driving energy akin to the aforementioned Race The Flux and even bordering on some of Enemies later styles.
Padfield’s signature vocal style is stamped all over the record, blended expertly with double tracking harmonies sprinkled throughout. The interplay of the rhythm section and array of intertwining guitar riffs keeps the listener engaged and the sometimes erratic pacing is a treat for curious ears to unpack.
The EP releases on all platforms tomorrow through indie label Umbrella Records. As anyone who’s experienced the band live before knows, on stage is where they really shine! You can catch Bannered Mare live this Saturday in Sin É. Entry is FREE and support comes from Chow Mein.
Galway audiences can catch them on November 23rd in The Loft at the first edition of A Modern Movement. The lineup is STACKED with performances from Vulpynes, Bannered Mare, Fox Jaw and Slyrydes. Tickets are €10 on the door or €5 for the forst 30 people in. More details at the event page here.