The Banta Rays are a rock and roll/indie band from St Helens. They were formed in May 2017.
Matty Lamb – Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Chris Quinn – Bass
Alex Gill – Lead Guitar
Danny Roscoe – Drums
They have a huge number of influences between them including Arctic Monkeys, Blur, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Iggy Pop, Jake Bugg, James, Joy Division, Oasis, Pulp, Royal Blood, Stone Roses, T Rex, The Beatles, The Black Keys, The Courteeners, The Cribs, The Cure, The Kooks, The Smiths, The Libertines, The Rolling Stones, The Strokes, The Vaccines and The Verve.
The Banta Rays are a covers band and their set list includes tracks by their many influences.
Chris Quinn had been the lead vocalist, however, on 19th October 2017, Chris decided to cencentrate on bass guitar and Matty Lamb joined the band as the new frontman. Chris Quinn also runs the annual Elefest at The Elephant in Thatto Heath, St Helens.
As of February 2018, The Banta Rays have not published any recorded music apart from a few live mobile phone videos, available on their Facebook page.
Selected festivals and gigs:
Millstone Rocks Festival, Golborne, 27 May 2017
Westfields, Westfield Street Festival, 4 June 2017 with others
Elefest, The Elephant, Thatto Heath, St Helens, 1 July 2017 with Sapho, Titors Insignia, Matty Lamb and others
Juncfest, The Golden Lion, Rainford, St Helens, 27 Augist 2017 with support from Matty Lamb
Glastonferry, The Ferry Tavern, Penketh, Warrington, 2 September 2017 with others
Brasserie Chalon, St Helens, 3 September 2017
Hare and Hounds, Prescot, 21 October 2017
The Elephant, Thatto Heath, St Helens, 18 November 2017
Bird I’Th Hand, 12 January 2018
The Rocket, Rainhill, 13 January 2018
Eagle & Child, Billinge, 3 February 2018
Fox and Goose, Southport, 9 February 2018
(All links accessed and working on 10 February 2018)
This article was created, compiled and produced by Barry Grady. 10 February 2018.