An explosive French trio that furiously mixes garage/fuzz and middle eastern sounds, KARKARA is the idea of glueing together the East and the West sound in a common goal: transcendence. Created in 2017 in Toulouse - France- and inspired by the psychedelic rock scene of the Middle East and the Maghreb of the 60s and 70s, the band combines its traditional inspirations with a visceral taste for the shattering sounds of garage fuzz and contemporary krautrock.
Hailing from Melbourne, but with a sound stretching from 60s and 70s Afrobeat and exotica, the proto-garage rhythmic fury of The Monks and the grooves of Os Mutantes, there’s an enticing lost world exoticism to the music of Bananagun.
While you will need to be fluent in French in order to understand the lyrics, there’s still a creeping sense of melancholy in the tone that makes the emotion within the songs feel universal. For Juniore, the exploration of French culture and heritage has also played a part in forming the identity of the band. “It’s been really nice to listen to interesting, innovative music in French, influenced by France’s musical history. I think the music we make comes from the same desire to pay homage to this history - in this sense, we feel a kinship to bands like La Femme or The Liminanas.”