Surviving three years and almost as many changes in location, up and coming modern-synth rock band The Bantams are onto their next project.
Behind The Bantams is Chris Rathke, came up with the name as a tribute to his favorite soccer team, Bradford City.
Solidifying his spot in the music world, Rathke issued his first single, “Honestly,” under The Bantams name in 2015. Since then, three singles, an EP, and his first full length album, Archbishop, were released.
While he works with several instrumentalists during the production process, Rathke arranges the entirety of each piece himself.
“I’ve worked with the same guitarist and bassist to play the parts I write, and a revolving list of drummers,” said Rathke.
His recording process was done in a similar manner. “I would record all of the parts besides bass and drums in my basement, and then take them to another basement... [to] mix the album. Archbishop was probably recorded in about 10 hours,” he said. “It was a lot of fun. I’ve always been a big album person, and love being able to string songs together, and obsess about the best way songs flow.”
Attributing The Cure, Bleachers, and Two Door Cinema Club as some of his influences, Archbishop felt 80s goth to Rathke, however, with change on his taste buds and a new knack for playing guitar, “I’ve been writing more songs in the vein of my favorite bands, like Modern Baseball, early Front Bottoms and Car Seat Headrest, as well as new-wave bands like DEVO and Squeeze.”
Since Archbishop hit, The Bantams have been working on new material, and plan on releasing a follow up full length around September that is “very guitar heavy and more verbose than anything else,” said Rathke, “I’m always trying to get my songs to sound as good as possible while driving in a car with the windows down, so I guess it’s always getting bigger.”
Meanwhile, Rathke has found a new group of people to play alongside, and hopes to perform more live shows throughout the summer.