Without wanting to go all Forrest Gump, reviewing music is like a bag of revels.
You’ve got the coffee ones that are definitely an acquired taste and not for everyone, or the toffee sort that are pretty enjoyable but not always that memorable.
Sometimes though a band comes along that is the musical equivalent of striking lucky with the mighty malteaser*, making you feel like you have hit the chocolate jackpot. Forget searching for the orange one, look no further than The Pagans: Shepherds of Humanity ( S.O.H) and their debut single Banananah.
As singles go it’s a cracker. Its melodic, it’s got banging guitar riffs, hypnotic flutes, foot tapping beats and it’s been lovingly sprinkled with the magic of legendary producer Gavin Monaghan at the ‘Magic Gardens Studio’ in Wolverhampton. What more could you want? Oh yes, the video is also filmed on location in the picturesque village of Portmeirion, in North Wales , home to 1960s iconic show The Prisoner and more latterly Festival No. 6, by Sam Crowston (Nasty Man Creations and creative genius of all things The Blinders). None too shabby for a debut single is it?
The four piece from the West Midlands haven’t been on the scene that long, but are already fast becoming the talk of many towns, due to their exciting sound and entertaining live performances. With a front man who could give Derek Acorah and Shirley Ghostman a run for their money by appearing to channel the spirits of some pretty amazing Eddie Murphy characters, the whole band have definitely broken the mould of the identikit musicians of recent years.
In fact, it’s fair to say they look like they could be in the coolest remake of Scooby Doo ever – no doubt with Scooby snacks aplenty! The dummer is a blur of arms and sticks, keeping time in a way Northern Rail could only dream of, the bass player moves up and down his fret faster than Theresa May changes her mind and the guitarist is like a stealth panther waiting to pounce and pounce he does .
The chemistry between all of them is apparent to see and you can tell each member of The Pagans S.O.H. has their own important role to play. We certainly love them here at FOTF, they are inimitable, energetic and just so much fun to watch . If you haven’t seen them yet, make sure 2019 is the year that you do.
Banananah is released on the Fade to Dust label and will be available across most online platforms.
The Pagans S.O.H. Band Members are:
Marcus – Vocals/Song writer
Daragh – Guitar/Music Arrangement
Connor – Drums
Tom – Bass Guitar