New Music Tuesday 24 - The Bank Trail

Posted by Alex Bohea on March 25, 2014

A weekly feature here at The Great Divide Blog is our New Music Tuesday; introducing you to an artist or band you may not have heard of. We can’t guarantee that you won’t have heard of them, but if that’s the case, it might give you a little reminder to revisit them sometime soon.

The Bank Trail is a solo project from Ash Price. Having recently released a split EP with the excellent Lake Michigan on Close to Home Records and playing a string of live shows, The Bank Trail are turning more heads than ever before. While not having a solid comparison, other than the counterpart of the split Lake Michigan, Ash develops beautifully put together music in a hazy, warm and sparse vibe. As a recent Collective Zine review reads – ‘I hear it’s cold and snowing back home right now - this tape is ideal for some warmth on those cold, wintry late nights’ – a quote which I will steal as it sums up the listening experience perfectly.

We spoke to Ash to find out a little more about The Bank Trail, including his recording process, the Nirvana cover and the Lake Michigan split. Check it out below.

TGD: Can you introduce The Bank Trail to us?
The Bank Trail is an alias given to a collection of songs I record. The name means walking by river banks.

TGD: Your musical past has taken a very varied path genre wise. From hardcore bands to solo synth project, is The Bank Trail a representation of the sort of influences you have now or just another branch of your musical repertoire?
It's impossible to stick to one sound. I listen to and make music depending on my mood. I wouldn't want to define the bank trail to any genre or label, its just music.

TGD: The Bank Trial release came out a few weeks ago on Close to Home records. How did you find the writing and recording process for this new project?
I enjoyed it; I had a spot set up with David Attenborough series on repeat. It came together quickly; I don't like to over think the process.

TGD: The release is a split record with Lake Michigan who has been garnering quite a lot of interest lately. Were you excited to be working with him? In your opinion, what do you like the most about his side of the split?
TBT: I hadn't heard Lake Michigan before the split. His music is very genuine and I love his side of the release. I really like "Mid".

TGD: You cover ‘Pennyroyal Tea’ by Nirvana on the record. What made you want to record your own interpretation of that song?
I'm a big fan of Nirvana. The lyrics were relevant to me and it just seemed to work. That was the last song I recorded for the split.

TGD: What lies in the future for The Bank Trail?
I'll just keep recording music. Hopefully I'll play some more shows in the year.

TGD: What have you been listening to lately that you can recommend to us?
James Blake, Purity Ring, Ólafur Arnalds. Riceboy Sleeps by Jónsi and Alex.

TGD: If you could have one item from The Great Divide store, what would it be?
I like the Universal Works American Heskin sweatshirt.

TGD: Thank you for your time. Any final words?
Thank you!

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