Get your fix of delicious guitar riffs and good old rock’n’roll with Kentucky band Banshee Child. The Louisville quartet have honed a sound that fuses elements of funky blues and powerful rock led by the engaging vocals of Matt Meredith – in other words, it’s pretty damn catchy.
The band sent us Don’t Need Money, the opening track from their 2017 eponymous EP, which perfectly summarises their lively riff-led sound. It dives straight into a cool riff along with cries of “alright” and feeds into a verse led by engaging vocals. A darting little riff comes in, a heavier riff then a little section of synth sounds that continue through a second verse and intensify as a guitar solo takes over. Check it out in the video below:
From the same EP, we’re loving the sound of Shake Them Bones, which features a delicious little riff that we can’t get enough of. It’s joined by engaging vocals that soon give way to a lively solo that feeds back into the funky opening riff. Check it out below:
The band released a new track in March, and it’s also a bit of a banger. Fortune & Fame opens up with a cool laid-back bass riff and light vocals but soon bursts into a delicious guitar riff over Matt’s engaging vocals. The second verse sees female vocals join in, then a laid-back guitar solo takes over and feeds into more catchy vocals over a big chunky riff. Check it out in the lyric video below:
We had a chat with Joshua Catlett to find out more about the band. Read on below…
GR: Who are Banshee Child?
JC: “Banshee Child is a rock n roll band from Louisville KY. We got together 4 years ago at Louisville Music Studios and have never looked back. The band is comprised of Joshua Catlett on guitar, Matt Meredith on vocals, Colin Yopp on drums, and Vince Heller on bass. We auditioned singers for a good 3 or 4 months until we found Matt and he was the perfect fit.”
GR: You sent us Don’t Need Money. What should people be expecting from the song?
JC: “Don’t Need Money has been out for a bit but it’s a special song for us. It was one of the first songs that we wrote together, and it’s become one of our most popular songs. We recorded the video in Nashville, Tennessee, and the recording session we had, and all the places we visited really made for a great time. The lyrics really speak to anyone who’s ever been down on themselves or anyone that feels like the only person they can count on is themselves.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
JC: “Everyone in the band listens to a lot of different music. Anything from classic rock, alternative, metal, blues, grunge, even some Motown stuff! But whenever we get together to play or create music you can always count on the ROCK. I use to joke that we were Blues Rock on steroids and actually that’s a pretty good description. If you put blues and hard rock in a blender, and let it marinate in power, strength, loyalty, and determination… I’d say you’d get Banshee Child.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
JC: “Our singer’s lyrics are very autobiographical. He writes about stories he’s experienced, or something he’s seen someone else experience.
“I’d say in general life experiences are a great influence on your music. I know if I’m happy or sad or excited or angry I pick up my instrument and try to get it out and make something cool.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
JC: “If I had to list a few of everyone’s favorite bands… AC/DC, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Nirvana, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Slayer, Primus, KISS, The Beatles, Social Distortion. The irony is a lot of people would say we sound nothing like those!”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
JC: “We are currently working on new music. I’m very excited about that. There are some songs we’re doing that are totally different for us and I really think people will dig it. Also, a few festivals this summer are on the books for us. I just hope everyone is safe and healthy and we can defeat this pandemic so that everyone’s lives can return to normal. What a crazy year so far huh?”