We had the pleasure of listening to The Striped Bananas most recent album, Stone of Madness. This album is definitely a psychedelic joyride. A glance at their website and social media lets you know that you will be treated to an experience like no other. The album starts off strong with “The Sun and the Moon” and mellows out by the next song “Sister Brittany.” That seems to be the pattern throughout the album, an element of moments of power and love or a blend of chaos and order. What’s great is that even though the production shifts a bit in sound throughout each song, there is still a level of consistency that is maintained that keeps you in tune with the music. Duncan is the man behind the engineering board. Andrew, Chantelle and Duncan handle the vocals together. The chemistry that all three band members have show that there is clearly a plan and direction of flow and sound throughout that doesn’t deviate too much. While there is a cohesiveness that glues the album together really well, it is obvious after a few listens that there was some experimentation with sound that took place. Experimentation can be risky, but in some cases, worth the reward, especially when you get a final product such as Stoned Madness.
Listen to Stoned Madness here: www.thestripedbananas.bandcamp.com