I’m not exactly sure how to categorize Banshee Bones. They certainly aren’t a nostalgia act, though elements of their sound definitely harken back to the heyday of grandiose classic rock ruled by Jimmy Page riffs and over-the-top KISS stage theatrics. I wouldn’t want to throw them into the insufferable modern-rock genre either – that wasteland of T.S. Eliot proportion – but their sound is certainly modern in the sense that it doesn’t feel out of place in the Digital Age. And these guys certainly hit you harder than Imagine Dragons or Two Door Cinema Club ever could.
They’re heavy but they’re not exactly metal – no guttural vocals or blast beats here – and their sense of melody is strong enough to shine through the distortion and wailing guitars. However, even though I may have a hard time classifying them, and I understand how label-obsessed this industry is, that doesn’t mean they’re not worth your attention.