Bank the Band
Bank the Band
It all started with Dan and former guitarist Bryant Syme's desire for Macintosh computers and Orange amps. The only way to persuade these corporations to sponsor them was, of course, by naming their band after them both- thus creating “Mac Orange”. With Dan's brother, Andrew, on bass and Jon Basabe on drums, they became a local sensation and won a spot on the Ernie Ball Stage at Warped Tour '06. With this momentum came a record called “The Story of Mac Orange”...
along with a name change. Not all the members bought into the simplistic, childish dreams of being sponsored because of a name, and so it was agreed upon... this force would be called “Bank.” “The Story of Mac Orange” was followed by “The Beautiful E.P.”, and with it a longing to share their music with whoever would listen, playing in malls, parks, schools- wherever they could fit a couple of acoustic guitars. They soon joined forces with friends Man Without Wax, formerly Blane, of Seattle, swapping shows in each others hometowns and building a fan base outside of Boise.
Forming the same type of relationship with other unsigned bands, Bank toured through Oregon, California, Utah, and many other western states, creating a blueprint for future tours with Abandon Kansas and Paper Mache. The fruits of touring birthed a new record called “The Hope Inside Your Sleep”, a beautiful ode to life on the road. Produced by Ed Rose (The Spill Canvas, Appleseed Cast, The Getup Kids...), this album was a representation of Bank as a mature band. Shortly after “The Hope Inside Your Sleep”, Bank was deemed one of Absolutepunk.net's “Absolute 100”- a yearly list of the nation's 100 best unsigned bands.
More tour ensued, including a trip to Austin, Texas for 2009's SXSW. Recently Bank was invited to play the 2009 A.P. Fall Ball Tour at the Knitting Factory with The Academy Is, Mayday Parade, The Secret Handshake and You Me At Six followed by being featured as one of the magazine’s top unsigned bands. During the last year there have been many things to celebrate, maybe the biggest being the brand new record.
Based on the idea of a new project Dan conjured up on hiatus from Bank while touring with We Shot the Moon, this new album could really be seen as seven singles. It draws from diverse influences such as 60's jazz in “Try To Be Brave” and Pachelbel's “Cannon in D” in “Catch It”, but the record maintains Keck's strong understanding of pop music. The new album, “The Alive E.P.” is a great accomplishment for Bank as the band came very close to dissolving in March of '09 “We've had our ups and downs”, Keck says, “but with the new record comes new resolve. It's fun again.” The band has a steady heartbeat again with plans to support their new album and tour regionally.
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