Premiere: London Upstarts Banfi Effortlessly Take On Perfume Genius’ ‘Slip Away’

Whilst they may only be a handful of singles in, we’ve come to expect great things from London trio Banfi. Crafting dramatic and engaging indie pop, they’ve spent the past year touring with the likes of Bear’s Den and Amber Run before headlining their own four-night residency at Shoreditch’s prestigious The Old Blue Last.

The latest in their Kitchen Session series, the trio take on the skeletal lead cut from ever-enigmatic Perfume Genius’ latest record, stripping back the original to its bare, vulnerable bones. We’re delighted to premiere this rooftop-based acoustic cut that makes for the perfect working week wind-down listen courtesy of a band on the cusp of giant things.

Below, we quizzed Banfi on their ingenious Perfume Genius cover and their upcoming debut headline tour of the UK. For those after that little extra more, check out the trio’s rather haunting rendition of Peter Gabriel’s Mercy Street right over here.

Did Bear’s Den give you any advice that has stuck with you having joined them to tour across Europe?

They told us that as long as we tour a lot then we’ll be okay. Some of the press say Bear’s Den are the biggest band you’ve never heard of and that’s because of the huge following they’ve built the old way without relying on anyone else for head-starts. We’d love to do it that way.

Which venue are you most excited to play on your upcoming tour?

We always have a great show in Nottingham and have heard The Bodega is a special venue so we’re really excited for that.

What made you choose the Perfume Genius track to cover?

We first heard of him when most other people did, when he released that staggering song Queen and so we’d been waiting for the new album. Slip Away is the best song on there and it coincided with us wanting to record another cover so we just went with it!

If Perfume Genius was to cover a Banfi track, which would you like it to be?

I don’t know! He’d sound pretty incredible singing June, so probably that one.

What’s the greatest cover version of all time?

It’s Eva Cassidy’s Fields Of Gold.

Banfi embark on their debut headline tour of the UK this September. Check out dates and tickets right here.

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