BANKS ARCADE RETURN
WITH NEW SINGLE
‘CHOSEN’ + TRACK
SELECTED AS E-SPORTS
A high-octane concoction of hard rock, grunge, electro and metalcore, the new single Chosenfrom Banks Arcade is fuelled for big things, including being hand-picked as the theme song of the Rainbow Six Siege Oceanic Nationals for 2022.
Traversing a punchy three minutes, Chosen drips in elegant chaos via glitching instrumentals and driving, electronic-tinged heavy goodness; the perfect accompaniment for an e-sports soundtrack from the New Zealand-via-Melbourne band.
As the official theme for the Oceanic Nationals, the premier Rainbow Six Siege e-sports tournament of the Oceanic region, Chosen will be front and centre as eight of the best Rainbow Six Siege teams across Australia and New Zealand compete online for a $25,000 AUD prize pool in Stage 1 of the tournament.
On the themes behind the track, Banks Arcade Joshua O’Donnell shares: “As someone who has competed in MMA, I wanted to capture the feeling you get as you are walking out to fight someone in a cage. The mixture of fear, “holy F*** this is so cool”, and the calm resolve in the face of adversity.
“I live for these moments. When everything you have anticipated and visualised thousands of times is actually happening and you are completely present in a reality that feels exactly like a movie. There can be chaos all around you, but when your breath slows and you find peace amidst it and think ‘F*** the world I’ve got this’ Nothing beats that.”
On the opportunity to dive into the gaming world, he adds: “It’s so cool to work on a project like this cause it forces you to think outside the box when you are creating something for a specific purpose. Harlan (Allen-Jone, bass) and James (Feekes, drums) are avid gamers and if Harlan wasn’t doing music he’d be trying to do it professionally. They both played Ubisoft games growing up so it’s really exciting to be able to collaborate with them!”
Having relocated from the land of the long white cloud to Melbourne last year, Banks Arcadehave since ticked off an appearance at UNIFY, a support slot for fellow Melburnians Windwakerand are gearing up to grace the stage at the rescheduled Uncaged festival.
Banks Arcade will also be imminently appearing in the UK for both The Great Escape and Download festivals in May and June, with a series of to-be-announced headline club shows also in the mix.
BANKS ARCADE IS:Joshua O’Donnell (vocals / guitar) Jason Meadows (guitar) Harlan Allen-Jones (bass) James Feekes (drums)
BANKS ARCADEunfd.lnk.to/chosenNEW SINGLE ‘CHOSEN’ OUT NOW
About Banks Arcade:New Zealand-natives Banks Arcade are the fresh dose of modern heavy this side of the ditch called for.
Reflecting on their ambitious beginnings out of Auckland just a handful of years ago, vocalist Joshua O’Donnell shares that the first lyrics the group penned together were “I always wanted to make history”. Heard on the single they would eventually title ‘Ambition’, this sentiment has carried through in every highly considered creative move the band has made since. From their compelling visuals and stage presence to their boundary-pushing sound, this history-making urge is evident from all angles of the Banks Arcade camp.
Making strides is in Banks Arcade’s DNA, and it’s this unshakable sense of vision and resolve that’s taken the group to new heights on each release. Following their 2018 debut EP Endnotethe band backed it up with 2020’s Fever Dreams, spawning colossal singles like ‘Sick’ and ‘Drown’ while amassing over 1 Million streams. Snapping all sorts of industry attention in its wake, the band were soon signing deals with UNFD and Future History Management (Holding Absence, Loathe, Sleep Token +), and building a worldwide booking team comprising Select Music (AU/NZ), Sound Talent (The Americas) and United Talent (ROW).
Darting between elements of hard rock, electro and metalcore, lovers of names like Northlane, The Prodigy and SAINt JHN will hear licks of this influence across the BA catalogue. As of 2022, the band are now stationed out of the hometown of UNFD, and have already brought the heat to their new label home with single releases including ‘Don’t Start’ and ‘Smile’.
With their debut record now in the pipeline, Banks Arcade are poised to firmly cement their history-making status before too long.
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