With their debut UK tour in full swing including a sold-out London show and performances at Boardmasters, Citadel and Dot to Dot under their belts, London-based three-piece Banfi continue their stellar year with the unveiling of new video for single ‘June’
A kaleidoscopic patchwork of styles, the video brings to life the fictitious character of June who is flung between love and let-downs. The video is directed by the band’s close friend Jake Dypka
who works closely with the trio overseeing all artwork, videos and photography. The video sees the character of June is spliced together with striking visuals of Joe Banfi (vocals, guitar),
Aaron Graham (drums) and Chris McCuaig (bass) displaying their alluring stage presence against an ever-changing colour backdrop.
Talking about the video director Jake says - “The biggest inspiration was the song itself, I really wanted to try and communicate the mood and energy of the track, and depict this fictitious character of ‘June’ in a interesting way. I wanted her to feel like a real person in the video, so I purposefully cast a non-dancer and didn’t use a choreographer in order to portray someone who felt more real. She appears like a fantasy in the video, a distorted memory of the songwriter. I purposefully wanted to do something stripped back and simple like a lot of music videos from the MTV era, the tone itself is inspired by videos from people like Peter Gabriel, Genesis, other bands from that era, and Banfi themselves, who bring a lot of their own personality into the film.”
The video breathes even more life into into the already energetic and compulsively danceable guitar-pop showcased in ‘June ’. It is the confident sound of the band creating something qualitatively different from their indie contemporaries - as Joe Banfi puts it, “When we write these songs, we give it literally everything that’s in us, everything we’ve ever listened to.”
Banfi have spent the last two years winning over fans on the road, adeptly backed by their genre-melding guitar-inflected singles ‘ Happy When You Go ’ and ‘Rosedale House ’ . Following the UK headline tour, the band will be back on the road again later this month, taking in tour dates in Germany supporting Communion label mate Joseph J. Jones and a performance at Reeperbahn Festival