New Music Critique: Mike Bankhead

Production8
Lyrics7
Music8
Vocals6
Musicianship8
7.4

Contact: mikebankheadmusic@gmail.com
Web: mikebankheadmusic.com
Seeking: Film/TV Placements
Style: Indie Rock

An Ohio-based artist, bassist Mike Bankhead fronts this project, with mixed results. Songs like “Your Anthem” and “Promise” display strong grooves and stellar guitar skills. No doubt Bankhead has talent when it comes to songwriting. What we question is whether he should be the frontperson––the man at the mic––because our team unanimously agrees that his voice is not a good fit for his material. Bankhead’s natural, altogether nerdy tone (which could be great for another band) seems a mismatch here. And his voice has limited range; in fact, he uses the lead guitar whenever a higher energy wail is needed. We suggest he recruit a singer whose tone and taste can complement his promising tunes.

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